Christ in North Korea
- February 9, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
As is usually true of much of Korean history, the pathway of Christ in addition to His people on the Korean peninsula is usually a bloody one.
In 1122 B.C. 5,000 subjects of Chinese rule rebelled in addition to fled to the peninsula we at This specific point associate with Korea, organizing a brand-new state, “Chosun”, land of morning calm. For the next 3,000 years This specific “hermit kingdom” suffered the abuses of Mongolians, Chinese, in addition to Japanese until in 1876 a trade treaty was forced upon This specific by Japan. Korea was brought out of its shell, in addition to over the next quarter of a century all of its ports were opened to the West.
Japan pushed even farther, however. through 1910 to 1945 This specific occupied Korea totally. What Christian witness had spread was slowly extinguished, not by the Koreans, however by their foreign “hosts.” At the end of World War II, the country was divided. More intruders came in, in addition to within the North they still are there. Christians have been murdered en masse during the long occupation of Russian/Chinese style totalitarian Communism. 500 pastors were killed during the Korean War period alone.
Thousands to This specific day languish in theNorth Korean gulag, trusting Christ daily for their perseverance in addition to deliverance.
of which is usually the rough outline. We go back at This specific point to fill in details. First, Roman Catholicism. This specific was within the early 1800’s of which Korean diplomats in Peking, China, met members of the Catholic world system. Contacts were made, in addition to secret entrances were attempted into Korea. Catholicism spread rapidly, however was countered by Buddhist priests as Rome, a foreign power, was a political threat to their authority over the lives of the Korean people. This specific anti-foreign fear in Korea -well founded, unfortunately – climaxed in 1846 by the all-out slaughter of the entire Romanist hierarchy along with 10,000 members.
The name of Jesus was dealt a heavy blow. however the Protestants were not far behind in their own advance into Korea. In 1882, the United States in addition to Korea (there was only one Korea then) signed a trade treaty. Protestants at This specific point found their way into This specific little kingdom on the some other side of the planet. Medical doctors led the way, followed by evangelists in addition to educators.
The general pattern of church formation at the beginning was laid out by China missionary John Nevius. Churches were to start within the homes of nationals, in addition to as quickly as possible they were to be under the complete control of the national church. This specific was not to be an “American” thing, nor a Roman one. Christ could prove Himself a sufficient leader of men through His Spirit in addition to His Word. Missionaries could serve as advisors in addition to specialists, then move on.
By 1907, Hefley says of which over 1,000 self-supporting churches served 0,000 evangelicals. in addition to of which was just within the Presbyterian part of the church. A major revival swept across Korea in of which year. Mass prayer meetings. Confessions of backsliders. Conversions of hardened sinners. God was preparing His Church for a trial by fire.
Those of us who pray for such revival in our own day must remember of which God’s Spirit is usually poured out for a reason. Pentecost was followed by persecution, in addition to probably ever shall be. What a difference in North Korea through 100 years ago! How our hearts should be stirred to humble ourselves before God! The “This specific can’t happen here” mentality has ever been proved faulty.
[My thanks to James in addition to Marti Hefley’s By Their Blood for some of the facts of This specific article.]