Would YOU die for Jesus as HE died for us? Do YOU love HIM as HE loves us?Do you live for HIM as HE lives in us? Did you fully surrender to the only onewho matters and will be the only one who will ever save you even after death?Christians are being slaughtered all over the world: “In the list of killings, Syria was followedby Nigeria with 612 cases last year after 791 in 2012. Pakistan was third with 88, up from 15 in 2012.Egypt ranked fourth with 83 deaths after 19 the previous year.Open Doors ranked N. Korea as the most dangerous country, with 50-70,000 in prison camps starving.I think Dennis Rodman needs to be clued in!Please read:Open Doors was started in the 50’s by Brother Andrew ..If we don’t wake up by whom we elect, America could be on this list too…time to get rid of progressives andCommunists in our Government, and vote them out! There are 9 members of Congress, including Harry Reedthat are members of the American Communist party. Churches need to wake up and sound off or we will belike Germany with Hitler invading our churches! When the only one then who spoke up was Eric Bonhoefferand he tried to kill Hitler and was himself murdered. America WAKE UP! Would you take a bullet for Jesus?
I wonder how many of you too, that are saved, have faced persecution within your own family of in the work place? No one said this walk in Christ was going to be easy. But we are not to waver, but, let HIM work through us. We also need to count our blessings to be free to worship (at least so far) Jesus. But with the Arab influx in America, and in our Government, is that set in stone? I don’t think so. That is why we need to be sure whom we elect.
There is no other country in the world where Christians are so fiercely persecuted because of their faith. Like other North Koreans, Christians live under one of the most oppressive regimes in recent history. They have to deal with corrupt officials, horrific policies, natural disasters, diseases, and starvation. On top of all this, they must hide their decision to follow Christ.
The regime is anti-Christian for two main reasons:
- All other religions are seen as harmful to North Korea’s Juche ideology, which stresses the importance of man’s self-reliance. Because the people are forced to worship their leaders, there is simply no room for other gods.
- Christianity is the religion of North Korea’s enemies. Christians are seen as spies of the “imperialist Americans” and the “treacherous South Koreans.” North Koreans are told that Christians use religion to poison their “glorious nation.” As a result of this, the church has been completely pushed underground. It consists of 200,000 – 400,000 believers. Of these, between 50,000 – 70,000 are held in Nazi-like concentration camps and prisons.
“Christians have to teach their children the principles of the gospel without using words such as God, Jesus or the Bible,” shares Chin Ho, a Christian from North Korea. “They make up stories with Christian values. Once the children are old enough to keep their faith secret, the parents explain to them the full gospel. This usually happens when the children are between ten and fifteen years old.”
Despite being the most difficult place to be a Christian, the underground church in North Korea continues to grow- even in the prison camps.
And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22
Persecution is defined as a policy or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because of their religion, race or beliefs. According to The Pew Research Center, almost 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions. Many of these people are Christians.
So, who are the 75%? Where are Christians facing persecution?
Persecution occurs whenever believers are denied the protection of religious freedom, prevented from converting to Christianity because of legal or social threats, physically attacked or killed because of their faith, forced to leave their job or home because of the threat of violence, or imprisoned and interrogated, and often tortured for refusing to deny their faith.
Christians face persecution in more than 60 countries around the world. Each year, Open Doors ranks the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted in the annual World Watch List. You can learn more about Christians who are persecuted (and how you can help them) here at:http://www.worldwatchlist.us
It can be disheartening to learn that so many Christians are being persecuted for their faith. But it is key to remember that Christ was persecuted and suffered- to the point of death on the cross. He tells us that if we follow Him, we will be persecuted (John 15:18-21).
In 1 Corinthians 12:26, the apostle Paul talks about Christians (as the Body of Christ) facing persecution:
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
Though we may not face persecution, we are called to be united with the part of the Body of Christ that does face persecution daily. The most important way to unite with our brothers and sisters who do face persecution is through prayer.
Romans 15:30 says, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.”
One Nigerian widow said, “I didn’t know that anyone outside of Nigeria knew what was happening to us Christians. Now that I know that others are praying, I am greatly encouraged.”
You can learn more about praying for persecuted Christians, and sign-up for free resources at:
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WE MAY BE NEXT ON THE WORLDWIDE WATCHLIST OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION RIGHT IN OUR OWN GOVERNMENT! JUST LIKE THE IRS SCANDAL GOING AFTER CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES AND REV. FRANKLIN GRAHAMS MINISTRY, SAMARITAN’S PURSE, NOW OUR SERVICEMEN. BUT A PRAYER RUG FOR MUSLIMS IS IN OUR PENTAGON! CHRISTIANS BEWARE! WHERE DO YOU STAND?
Kim Tae Jin finds it difficult to talk. The contrast between his life in North Korea and his life now in Seoul are too great. “The most difficult thing for me,” he says quietly, “is making decisions. Freedom of choice is unknown in North Korea. The Party told us what to do. We were treated as a group, not as individuals,” recalls Kim. “As I got older my doubts grew about the propaganda the government fed us.”
With the hope of a better life, Kim fled to China. There he heard about Jesus for the first time when a Christian gave him a Bible. After four short months, Kim was arrested and repatriated back to North Korea where he was sent to camp number 15… the dreaded Yodok labor camp.
“I was very afraid. Even though I had not yet accepted Jesus I prayed. In prison they beat me with sticks. At night, with only a thin, torn blanket, I had to endure a plague of fleas and lice in my cold cell.” Forced to wake up at three each morning Kim’s day was spent in hard labor. With so little food he sometimes caught rats, snakes or frogs to stay alive. “I saw people dying of hunger and sickness,” he says with tears in his eyes. “Anyone captured trying to escape was publicly executed. Prisoners were treated worse than cattle.”
One day, by chance, Kim met a Christian. “I never expected to meet Christians in Yodok. The man was the leader of a group who called themselves the Community of Love.” He invited Kim to confess his sins… but he refused fearful that if discovered he would be tortured. Kim quietly adds, “One day an informant betrayed the group. I watched as they grabbed hold of my friends arm so tightly that it died and had to be amputated. After that, he and the other Christians were sent to an even stricter camp. You do not get out of a camp like that alive.”
Kim’s last day in Yodok was April, 10 1992. Escaping again from North Korea he crossed the border into China where he met a Christian. It was here that he finally accepted His Word as truth and was baptized. Today Kim lives in South Korea. He uses every opportunity to talk about North Korea, especially about the Christians. “My personal message is this, show an interest in my country. Pray for it. We need your support.”
Please Pray For:
- Protection for Christians in North Korea; that they have opportunities to discretely share the gospel with family and neighbor
- For the growth of the underground church in North Korea.
- For Christians who operate safe houses in China and help refugees.