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BR Lakin - Why Jesus Came To This Earth (Pt. 1 of 2) Bascom Ray (BR) Lakin (January 5, 1901- March 15, 1984) was a Baptist preacher and evangelist. BR Lakin was born on a farm near Fort Gay, West Virginia, on the Kentucky border. His mother had prayed for a "preacher man" and had dedicated him to God
BR Lakin - Why Jesus Came To This Earth (Pt. 2 of 2) Bascom Ray (BR) Lakin (January 5, 1901- March 15, 1984) was a Baptist preacher and evangelist. BR Lakin was born on a farm near Fort Gay, West Virginia, on the Kentucky border. His mother had prayed for a "preacher man" and had dedicated him to God
Dr. Alan Cairns - Voices from Hell and What They Have to Say to America Today (Pt. 4 of 5) Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and
Jason Kendrick - Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out (Pt. 1 of 3) Be sure your sin will find you out! This is one of the most misunderstood statements in all God's Word. Moses is speaking of one particular sin, that being a stubborn refusal to wholly follow the Lord! There are many sins that go unexposed here on earth
Todd Friel Exposing Roman Catholic Lies INSIDE THE CATHOLIC CATECHISM by Tom Weaver My dear Catholic friend, you are not my enemy. Satan is my enemy. Ephesians 6:11-17 teaches that we are in a spiritual warfare. Friend, I am not your enemy, Satan is. He is out to destroy you and I. I believe
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Praying-Hands"The life that Jesus lived, the Christian life, is characterized by truth, and love, and righteousness. And prayer is the perfect example and expression of all three of these. Love is prayers motive, truth is its expression, and righteousness is its goal." ~ Ray C. SteadmanIt is by the grace of God alone that we have been given such a sublime gift as prayer. In the words of Dr. William Evans, "The Christian life cannot be sustained without it; it is the Christian's vital breath." This provision is even more valuable to us than water. One cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven with water, but through a man's humble supplication to Jesus Christ is eternal life granted him. Therefore it would be wise to understand how the originator of prayer has ordained its use. Our Holy God has ordained a distinct way that His children must approach Him in prayer. His infallible and wholly inspired Word gives us clear commandments on exactly how we are to pray. The Bible teaches that there are at least four essential elements of prayer. That these four things in particular militate against all other forms of prayer found in the world is clear by their nature and inimitability. In this essay I will expound on the essentials of prayer, and conclude by illustrating their value in man's relationship to the holy, triune God. In The Name Of Jesus Christ John 14:13-14 - "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."This instruction from Jesus Christ gives us the knowledge of the proper way to pray, and differentiates our prayers to God from the prayers of those in other (false) religions. The phrase "...in my name" means that where there is no other name whereby a man can be saved (Acts 4:12), neither is there another name in which a Christian can pray. This also tells us of the personal nature of prayer intended for man by the perfect love of God. As compared to the prayers to the impersonal deities and idols of false religion, the Christian's prayer is based on an ever-deepening relationship with the triune God. I have encountered Him in my own prayer life, and can give personal testimony to the importance and dependence upon that wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ; with God.Of John 14:13-14, David Guzik writes, "this signifies both an endorsement (like a check) and a limitation (requests must be in accordance with the character of the name). We are coming to God in Jesus' name, not in our own." That we are coming in Jesus' name and not our own means we are to actively seek the will of God over our own desire. Not only does this verse tell us that we must pray in the name of Jesus Christ, but that in knowing Jesus, we have at least an inclination of His will, which should affect what we are praying for, and how we pray. The phrase "in my name" can only mean one thing: Agreement with and adherence to God's will. That is because the following phrase, "I will do it," must be taken to mean that God will do only what is in His nature. Being that God's nature is holy and absolutely perfect in every moral attribute, we can only ask Him to do for us what is in agreement with His nature. John14:13-14 are implicit with the truth that praying in Jesus' name is intrinsically linked to the will of God. According To The Will Of God 1 John 5:14-15 - "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."The word "confidence" in this passage has also been rendered boldness, openly, plainly (and other variants thereof) throughout the New Testament. Therefore, our confidence, which is not of ourselves but is "in him," is that whatever we ask in accordance to His will shall be heard by Him. It is important to note that it is first stated here that our boldness or confidence is that we have been heard. This implies that the fact that our prayers to God our heard is enough to give us confidence! That alone is wonderful news to the believer, and should settle many matters of personal doubt we sometimes experience when coming to the Lord in prayer. The phrase "And if we know that he hear us," uses the condition "if", which is to say that, "if we have asked of Him according to His will," which we have. Here the apostle John is restating the obvious, probably for emphasis, because in the verse prior to this he has propositioned that we already have confidence or boldness in the fact that we asked something of God according to the will of God. Thus, whatever we ask, we know that not only does He hear us, but we have His petitioning on our behalf with God the Father. According to Ray C. Steadman, "Prayer is not a means by which we get God to do our will, Prayer is a means of obtaining the will of God, and is limited always by the will and purpose of God. If we pray outside of the purpose then there is no guarantee that our prayer will be heard." Prayer in Jesus name, and according to God's will, must be accompanied by a third essential element: belief. Belief In Prayer Mark 11:24 - "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."In the life of the Christian, prayer is preceded by belief. This is evident in that we must believe in order to be saved (Romans 10:9). As we come to believe, we know to whom we are confessing to and believing in, and we ascend to this through our prayer. Being witnesses to the love of God we believe; we are motivated by the truth, and given to prayer knowing full well that the end of prayer is to bring glory to a righteous God. In 1 John 5:10 we read, "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son." We must believe, for to not believe is a sin! (See also Hebrews 3:12). Indeed, belief is so essential a part of prayer that the prayers of a man with a doubtful heart are hindered. The verse in Mark 11:24 says, "...when ye pray, believe..." Jesus Christ uttered this the day following His cleansing of the temple in Jerusalem. In Mark 11:17 He says, "Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves." Is it not striking that the day after the cleansing of the temple, and Christ referring to the temple as a "house of prayer," He gives the apostles a strong admonition to believe in order to have their prayers heard? Jesus was setting them up for a time to come that He foreknew he would not be with them physically, in person. His temple would be in each person's body, in each personal "house of prayer," and belief in Him would be more vital than ever for them to reap the freedom that is given to one who seeks to bring glory to God through his prayers. And no other prayer could accomplish that but one that is done in the name of Christ, according to His will, with a believing heart, and as we shall see next, with perseverance. Perseverance In Prayer Luke 11:5-10 - "And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."After teaching His disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1-4), Jesus then continues with a parable that illustrated the necessity of perseverance in prayer. This parable, seen in conjunction with another portion of the book of Luke (The Parable of the Unjust Judge, Luke 18:1-8), fully substantiates the point that Jesus was making: the tenacious prayer of the believer will, without fear or doubt, be answered. In light of the facts about prayer that I have expounded on thus far, it is clear that Jesus did not mean simply that anyone who prays fervently gets what they want. Again, the prayer in Jesus' name, following the will of God in relation to His character and His revelation, from a heart that believes, is the prayer that is heard and answered. This excludes all other forms of prayer, such as that which uses beads, idols, the intercession of the dead, or other demonic devices. The perseverance that is implicit in these parables does not mean repetitive. From the parable of the importunate friend, we find the word "importunity" in verse 8. In the original language of the New Testament, this word actually means "shamelessness." The implication in the context surrounding that word is shameless perseverance. Vines Complete Expository Dictionary illustrates, "If shameless persistence can obtain a boon from a neighbor, then certainly earnest prayer will receive our Father's answer." Therefore it is not simply tenacity or continuation that must accompany belief in prayer, but child-like earnest and humility as well. Hindrances and Helps In Prayer It would be reasonable at this point to mention both the hindrances and helps to prayer. To paraphrase Dr. William Evans, some of the hindrances are as follows: Indulgence in known sin, willful disobedience to God, selfishness, resentfulness and blame, faithlessness and idolatry. Some of the essentials to prevailing in prayer are sincerity, simplicity, earnestness, persistence, faithfulness, unison with others, certainty, effort and with fasting. Each of these deserves at least a paragraph unto itself, however to keep to the nature and flow of this essay I will astutely conclude this section by saying that the Word of God is not short on its lists of hindrances and helps to prayer. It is brimming with examples, parables, illustrations and commandments that are integral to the prayer-life of the believer. Conclusion There is so much to be said on the subject of prayer that choosing what I have felt to be its fundamentals seems to be injurious to prayer's myriad of aspects. Prayer is made mighty in its meekness and humility by the power of God, who is faithful to the repentant believer. It is this vessel of prayer which brings us closer to God. In my own limited experience, irregular or insincere prayer can quickly degenerate every aspect of my relationship with God. I recall the many ups and downs I've had along the way, and in reciprocity to that line is the degree of nearness to God that I was cultivating at the time. I recall the many times when God Himself has told me, "Aaron, now is the time to pray." It is in those moments that I have wanted to be the most obedient, falling to my knees, and either praying, or just listening. God is gracious and longsuffering towards His children, and I praise Him for that because my prayer life has been everything but perfect. In His continuous sanctification of the saints, His love is made manifest in our response to Him in prayer. James writes in his epistle, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:15b). I will conclude by saying that the four essentials of prayer as discussed in this essay are succinctly stated by James in his use of the words "effectual" and "fervent." Thusly, the good and perfect will of God prevails.Able to write to you by the grace of God,Aaron EveringhamRomans 12:1,2 Aaron Everingham and his wife Brittany live in Edmonton, Canada, and by the loving grace of God they were saved through the ministry of an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church in June of 2007. He is currently preparing for a life of serving the Lord as a pastor of a local New Testament Baptist Church. For more articles like this one please visit his blog at Aharown Qadowsh.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-12-2020Matthew 13:31-32Introduction:A. A few weeks ago, we looked at the Prophetical Interpretation of the Church at Pergamos. I do not want to rehearse that message, but I need to refresh our minds concerning what is taking place in this church.1. The persecution of Diocletian was so great in 303-312 AD that it was almost more than the church could bear.2. Around 312 AD, Constantine the Great “converted” to Christianity. I use the word “converted” in quotation marks because he did not trust Christ, he said that he saw a vision of a cross in the sky, baptized his army, and won a battle. Salvation is faith in the finished work of Christ in redemption.3. In 313 AD, Constantine the Great issued the Edict of Milan which granted religious tolerance to all religions, thus the persecution against the church stopped. The local churches did not want to do anything to bring that persecution back, so they operated in a “benign” state of acceptance that caused no political “waves” but many political “woes.”4. In 325 AD, at the Council of Nicaea, the Roman Catholic Church had its official beginnings. I say official because Roman Catholicism is just an extension of Babylonish worship. The Roman Catholic Church became “wedded” to the state.B. The Parable of the Mustard Seed - Rev 2:12-17 - Pergamos - "wedded"1. It's Small Beginning – “least of all seeds”a. One of the smallest of all seeds - Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.b. One of the most irritating, biting of all seeds. Its taste both strong and peculiar - Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.2. It's Huge Growth – “greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree”a. The seed is powerful though small - Matthew 16:16-18 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.b. The seed is productive though small – Acts 2: 44-47 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.3. It's Strange End – “birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof”a. The Seed is the Gospel. Matthew 13:3-4 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; (4) And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:b. The Tree is the Church rooted in Christ – John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (A called our assembly of believers.)c. The Branches are the Saints – John 15:5a I am the vine, ye are the branches.d. The Birds are the Enemies of the church – Matthew 13:4 … and the fowls came and devoured them up.Revelation 18:1-3 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. (2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (3) For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.4. The Apostate's Lodging – “and lodge in the branches thereof.” The Apostates were right at home among the branches.a. The Failure of the Church - Titus 3:10-11 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; (11) Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. (There are several things that must take place for “every foul spirit … unclean and hateful” birds to “lodge” in the branches of a producing tree or bush. These are ENEMIES of the local church!)1) A Failure to recognize the Purpose of the Tree. The Local Church is to be Pure for it to Glorify Christ and Educate the saints.2) A Failure to recognize the Persons who are Enemies. Local Churches have become so “numbers” oriented that they welcome and accept everyone who walks through their doors.3) A Failure to recognize the Problems that they Cause. These Enemies of the Local Church introduce Division and Doctrinal Heresy.4) Or to become Patronizing with Them! Ignorant Local Church members easily becomes Disciples and Followers.b. The Comfort of the Apostate - Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.c. The Compromise of the Pulpit - Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (The “sharp sword with two edges;” may have become a “butter knife.”)5. The Apostasy Rooted – “lodge” Not easily removed!a. The Seat of Satan – Revelation 2:13 Spiritual wickedness in high places.b. The Doctrine of Balaam – Revelation 2:14 Worldliness and Idolatryc. The Doctrine of the Nicolaitans – Revelation 2:15 The Clergy became “Reverend!”
Temple Baptist Church - 1-29-2020Hebrews 11:8-10Introduction: A. As we continue through God's “Hall of Faith,” we find a man named Abraham.1. Abraham is called the “Father” of our faith.2. Abraham is called “the friend of God.”3. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are called the “Fathers” of the Jewish nation.4. Abraham was the first Hebrew while Jacob was the first Jew.B. As we studied in Genesis, Abraham-Isaac-Jacob were flawed men.1. Abraham failed God to lead him. He went down to Egypt in a time of famine. He also went to Gerar.2. Abraham failed God to feed him. In famine, he left the place that God sent him to because he felt that God had blessed Egypt.3. Abraham failed God to protect him. Twice, he and Sarah lied about their relationship, placing Sarah in jeopardy to protect Abraham.4. Abraham hearkened to the voice of his wife. He took Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian handmaid to wife. This brought about the birth of Ishmael, whose descendants continue to be as thorn in the flesh to everyone living about them.C. The “Hall of Faith” is not about perfect men, it is about men of Faith!1. God can use flawed men who are men of faith!James 5:17-18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.2. There is an old saying: “God can take a crooked stick and draw a straight line!”3. God is no respecter of persons. But He is a respecter of men of faith.4. God is pleased with man's faith.Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.5. God honors faith. God uses flawed men because He honors their Faith!D. The Faith of Abraham:1. Abraham had Saving Faith – Romans 4:1-3 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? (2) For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. (3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (He had nothing to glory in except God!)a. Abraham's Faith was a Personal Faith. “Abraham our father … hath found”b. Abraham's Faith was a Glorifying Faith. “he hath whereof to glory; but not before God”c. Abraham's Faith was a Biblical Faith. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him”d. Abraham's Faith was a Saving Faith. “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God … counted unto him for righteousness”2. Abraham had Following Faith – Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (Abraham did not know where he was going but he knew that God did!)a. The age of Abraham's call. Abraham is now 75 years and almost half of his life is gone.b. The place of Abraham's call. In the Ur of the Chaldees, a heathen land of idolatry.c. The answer of Abraham's call. His obedience was immediate, not delayed.d. The unquestioning obedience to Abraham's call. At his age to leave his people and the land of his birth to go to a land that he had never seen.3. Abraham had Enduring Faith – Hebrews 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: (Abraham never returned to the place of his family.)a. Abraham sojourned in the land of promise. “sojourned in the land of promise” He remained faithful to his call.b. Abraham sojourned in a strange country. “a strange country” He remained where God placed him. A place where he remained an outsider.c. Abraham raised his children there. “dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob” He did not go home to raise his children and grandchildren.d. Abraham gave his children his heritage. “the heirs with him of the same promise” Neither did his children returned to the land of the father's nativity.4. Abraham had Financial Faith – Genesis 14:18-20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. (19) And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: (20) And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. (Abraham gave to God what belonged to Him because he knew where it all came from.)a. Abraham gave at the right place. “the priest of the most high God” In our economy, the local church. Malachi 3:10. Will a man rob God? So many do.b. Abraham gave the right amount. “tithes” The tithe is the Lord's!c. Abraham gave to the right Person. “the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth” All that we have belongs to God!5. Abraham had Strong Faith – Romans 4:19-21 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (Abraham believed God when all human hope was gone.)a. Abraham believed God! “the promise of God” If God says it, you can put it in the bank.b. Abraham believed the Impossible! “an hundred years old … the deadness of Sara's womb” He was strong in faith.c. Abraham believed Unwaveringly. “being fully persuaded” He never doubted what God had promised.6. Abraham had Sacrificial Faith – Genesis 22:1-3 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. (2) And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (3) And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. (Abraham believed God for the incomprehensible.)a. What God gave, God required. “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest” The most precious thing that God had given to Abraham, God required.b. Abraham was willing to give what God required. “And Abraham rose up early in the morning … And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” I find no hesitancy in Abraham's obedience. What faith this required?c. Abraham knew that God would have to resurrect his son, Isaac, the child of promise. “Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:19) 7. Abraham had Eternal Faith – Hebrews 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Abraham knew that God's promise was sure and Abraham's eternity was secured.)Conclusion: Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (9) So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
In recognition of North Korea Freedom Week, Family Research Council is raising awareness about the plight of Christians in the world’s most secretive country. This three-part blog series highlights the dire human rights and religious freedom situation in North Korea.Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un rules over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with an iron fist. His proudest accomplishment is ownership of a deadly nuclear arsenal. A close second may very well be his horrifying human rights record. The U.S. State Department’s 2019 Country Report on Human Rights Practices features a nearly unbelievable catalog of the Kim regime’s abuses.Freedom of religion does not exist in North Korea. And the regime is particularly hostile to Christianity. Year after year, Open Doors identifies the secretive “republic” as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians on its annual World Watch List. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) 2019 report:…Anyone caught practicing religion or even suspected of harboring religious views in private is subject to severe punishment. The government has been known to arrest, torture, imprison, and even execute religious believers and their family members, whether or not they are similarly religious. There are an estimated 80,000–120,000 political prisoners currently languishing in North Korea’s notoriously harsh labor camps, as many as 50,000 of whom may be Christians….Meanwhile, in a shameful demonstration of 21st century idolatry, North Korea’s regime demands that all spiritual devotion be directed to Kim Jong Un and no one else.Susanne Scholte, longtime Chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, explains that the required worship of the North Korean leader is a well-organized counterfeit of Christianity, called Juche. And although the North Korean regime denies that it is a religion, it contains religious tenets, holy places, holy days—and unholy practices. “First, if it is known that you’re a Christian,” she continues, “you will most certainly be tortured and likely executed, or sent to prison camp to suffer a slower death. We know from testimonies that if you even confess that you’ve came in contact with a Christian, you’ll likely be imprisoned.”According to Ms. Scholte’s research, all this is because Kim Il Song, Kim Jong Il, and now Kim Jong Un have set themselves up as gods. Faith in Jesus Christ is perceived as a direct attack on the Kim family.Right now, the rest of the world is asking a few key questions about North Korea. First, how is Kim Jong Un’s health? Rumors of critical illness and even death are circulating, and not for the first time.Second, what has been COVID-19’s impact on North Korea? The government has denied its existence in the country. But on April 17, Radio Free Asia reported, “Ruling Party Lecturers Admit COVID-19 is Spreading in North Korea, Contradicting Official Claims.” And on April 22, a New York Times op-ed stated, “There are no cases here, Kim Jong-un’s government claims, while acting as if its survival were at stake.”Like the coronavirus, DPRK’s nuclear arms are a grave danger to the world. But the political and religious persecution happening inside North Korea are also matters of life and death. Agonizing torture and mass murder are taking place there as we speak. For Christians locked up in the gulag, the threat of annihilation is not a rumor. It is a terrifying reality they face every day.North Korea’s Christians are members of our spiritual family. And it is high time for us to be interceding for them—for their health, their survival, and their deliverance from despotic abuse. This week—April 26 through May 2—has been designated as a period of focused prayer for North Korea. And April 28 will be devoted to prayer and fasting.Will you join us in prayer for North Korea’s Christians?
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