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 Christians Being Crushed Under Steamrollers, Hung Over Fires in North Korea

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in North Korea, praise God the Gospel is spreading, but it's been horrific for them.

News broke this afternoon of an escalation of words between North Korea and President Donald Trump, with the President releasing a statement warning North Korea not to escalate the situation any further.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening — beyond a normal statement — and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before,” Trump said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an event this afternoon.
Tensions have already been high since American Otto Warmbier died after serving time in a North Korean prison.

As Faithwire has reported, it is widely understood that there is virtually no such thing as religious freedom in North Korea, and a report released recently sheds light on just how dire the situation is for Christians living in the hermit kingdom. In a 15-page document titled Total Denial: Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in North Korea, British-based human rights advocacy organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide offers troubling details on how Kim Jong-Un’s regime tortures, mutilates, and kills Christians.

READ: Defector Says Christianity on the Rise in North Korea Despite Extreme Persecution


As the report explains, religious freedom in North Korea is “largely non-existent” and faith-based persecution has been commonplace since the 1950s because religious beliefs are “seen as a threat to the loyalty demanded by the Supreme Leader.” While Christians are the main target of abuse, Buddhism and Shamanism are also practiced in the country and “suppressed to varying degrees.”

The 2017 World Watch List compiled by Open Doors lists North Korea as the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians” due to the country’s totalitarian regime and surveillance state that forces Christians “to hide their faith completely from government authorities, neighbors, and often, even their own spouses and children.” Many attempt to find freedom in South Korea or China, but those who are discovered are subject to imprisonment, labor camps, and, in extreme cases, death.

The CSW research further corroborated the Open Doors report, finding Christians “usually practice their faith in secret” as to avoid the punishment that awaits if they are found out.

“If discovered they are subject to detention and then likely taken to political prison camps (kwanliso),” the document reads. “Crimes against them in these camps include extra-judicial killing extermination, enslavement/forced labour, forcible transfer of population, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance, rape and sexual violence, and other inhumane acts.”


CSW goes to document some of the known instances of gruesome torture Christians have ensured in the country:

Documented incidents against Christians include being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges, and trampled underfoot. A policy of guilt by association applies, meaning that the relatives of Christians are also detained regardless of whether they share the Christian belief. Even North Koreans who have escaped to China, and who are or become Christians, are often repatriated and subsequently imprisoned in a political prison camp.
While Open Doors estimates there are approximately 300,000 Christians in North Korea and the South Korea-based Database Center for North Korean Human Rights finds that there are at least 123 religious institutions in the nation, most of them are Buddhist or Cheondoist temples. CSW found there are three Protestant churches, one Catholic cathedral, and a Russian Orthodox church in the capital city of Pyongyang, but they are state-sponsored churches used only for propaganda purposes.

“Although the buildings and religious services appear to suggest some degree of freedom of religion or belief, that freedom is extremely limited and may be aimed primarily at visitors and foreigners,” the CSW report says. “All the churches are found in Pyongyang and there is no record of church buildings existing anywhere else.”

While the history persecution and abuse in the hermit kingdom runs deep, CSW believes conditions can improve, if China and other UN Member States put pressure on Kim Jong-Un and his government to abide by international law, while working to provide a safe place for refugees to flee.


“North Korea should abide by international human rights instruments and international law, and cease its grave violations of human rights,” the report states. “Furthermore…China and other members of the international community must respect the principle of non-refoulement and extend asylum to persons fleeing North Korea, because of the real risk of extreme harm if repatriated.”

“Every effort must be made to seek accountability and justice for the North Korean people,” it continued, “who suffer human rights abuses on a scale unparalleled in the modern world.”

 2017/8/9 19:52
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 Re: Christians Being Crushed Under Steamrollers, Hung Over Fires in North Korea

Thank you for sharing sister...

 2017/10/31 9:32Profile









 Re: Their Blood Will be Avenged

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.••• Revelation 6:10-11

The nation of North Korea is stained with the blood of precious saints that have been martyred under three generations of Kim. But yet God has promised that out of the seed that falls into the ground and dies. It will live and much fruit will be born.

Let us pray that out of the blood of the martyrs much seed, much gospel seed, will be born in the nation of North Korea.

Bro Blaine 

 2017/10/31 13:42









 Re: Gospel into N. Korea

God is getting His word into North Korea. Below is a short video of how one way the gospel is going into this rrstricted nation.

https://youtu.be/TFOR7jvZvMU

Today we celebrate Reformation day. We thank God that Martin Luther brought the word to the people to free us from the tyranny of Roman Catholicism. But the dear Saints in North Korea are still in bondage. They are still in darkness. They still need the light of God's word to set them free.

Brethren I urge you to remember these dear saints in North Korea and others who are in restricted nations who need the light of God's word. The persecuted church is not a fictional reality invented by Tim lahaye. The persecuted church is very real. As I write this post there are those even right now who are being martyred for their faith in Christ. Perhaps some in a North Korean death camp.

Please remember the North Korean saints and your persecuted brothers and sisters in other nations in your prayers. For prayer is their lifeline. Let It Be our Lifeline for them who cannot cry out for themselves except in their heart.

Bro Blaine

 2017/10/31 14:12









 Re: The Answer to N. Korean Darkness

Below is a link to a picture of North Korea as seen from the International Space Station. The picture is a prophetic description of the spiritual state of North Korea.

https://goo.gl/images/DetTLX

But the Light of Christ is getting into North Korea. Below is a link to a video of what God is doing in North Korea as well as background to that Nation.

https://youtu.be/hF37Weyaofg

At one time Pyongyang was known as a Jerusalem of the Pacific. A tremendous revival took place there in the early 1900s.  The enemy launched a counterattack. And today the capital of North Korea is now home to the Juche pholosophy propagated by the Kim family that rules North Korea. This philosophy is evil and satanic.

What answer are we to give to our brothers and sisters in North Korea. What will bring about true regime-change.  Will regime change come from nuclear armageddon that the United States has promised to unleash if Kim launches a nuclear weapon. Or will true regime change come through the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus dwelling in the darkness of North Korean hearts.

Our North Korean brothers and sisters are laboring to bring the light of Christ into that nation.  They are doing this at peril to their own lives.  Satan would like nothing better than to see a nuclear war start between the United States and North Korea. For in so doing the North Korean as well as the South China and South Korean Church would be destroyed.  The thief comes only to steal, kill  and destroy.  If a nuclear war would bring about the destruction of the Korean and Chinese and I might see the Japanese churches. Then the enemy will certainly do his best to unleash it.

But what should be the response of us as believers in America.  What should we say to our brothers and sisters in North Korea. The most effective thing that we can do for the persecuted vhurch there is to pray for them.  We pray that not only do our brothers and sisters stand in the midst of persecution. But we pray that the light of Christ will penetrate the darkness of North Korea.

Again let us remember our persecuted brothers and sisters in North Korea and pray that they will stand firm and be the light of Jesus in the darkness of that nation.

Bro Blaine


 2017/10/31 15:06









 Re: Praying fir N. Kirea

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today is Reformation day. 500 years ago an augustinian monk nailed his 95 Theses on the church door Wittenberg Germany.  This gave rise to what we call the Reformation. We praise God for saints such as Martin Luther who brought the Bible to the common people. The scriptures that set us free from the darkness of religious tyranny.

Other people in restricted nations are still in darkness. The saints in these nations struggle to be the Light of Christ to those who are in the darkness.

One such dark nation is North Korea. This nation has been much on my heart today. A lot of rhetoric has flown between the leaders of the United States and North Korea. Basically both leaders have threatened nuclear annihilation if one launches an attack against the other nation. 

There are those who believe regime change must come about in North Korea for which I would agree. But the answer is not nuclear armageddon.  To unleash nuclear weapons in North Korea would certainly destroy our brothers and sisters in the underground church there. On top of that it would send many souls to hell who have not heard the gospel.

The answer to regime change must be a change of wicked hearts. Only Jesus can change the wicked heart. The most effective and powerful prayer we have to bring about regime change in North Korea is prayer.

Below is a prayer cast video for the nation of North Korea. After watching it please come on our call tonight as we lift up the nation of North Korea in our prayers.

http://www.prayercast.com/phone/north-korea.html

1. Please pray that God would deliver the nation of North Korea long enslaved to a brutal regime.

2. Please pray for the church in North Korea to persevere and multiply amid horrific persecution.

3. Please pray for truth, the truth of Jesus, to liberate the North Korean nation from regime indoctrination and lies.

Time of tonight's call is.......

9 p.m. EDT
8 p.m. CDT
7 p.m. MDT
6 p.m. PDT

Call number and access code are.......

712.775.7035.......281207#

Lord willing, I look forward  praying with you for our N. Korean brothers and sisters tonight.

Your brother in Christ,

Blaine

 2017/10/31 18:12
TMK
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//On top of that it would send many souls to hell who have not heard the gospel.//

“Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Gen. 18:25


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 2017/10/31 19:07Profile









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Todd writes...

"Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Gen. 18:25

•••

I hardly think that reigning nuclear fire down on North Korea is the goodness of God. Particularly when such destruction will send the unsaved to hell. And will also bring about the destruction of the North Korean Church. Also the radiation would impact the Believers in South China as well as in South Korea. Not to mention non-believers.

As followers of Christ we need to think with the kingdom perspective. A kingdom perspective that involves the preaching of the gospel in North Korea. A kingdom perspective that involves gospel preaching that will change the hearts of the unregenerate. This is what will bring about true regime change. It will bring about a regime change of the heart.

There is demonic evil over North Korea. A demonic evil that cannot be destroyed with nuclear weapons. This is a demonic evil that must be met with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel that will change dark hearts with the Light of Christ.

Simply my thoughts.

Bro Blaine

 2017/10/31 20:26









 Re: Bible Smughling into N. Korea

Operation Bible Smuggling: How Christian texts infiltrate North Korea
Hollie McKay By Hollie McKay, Fox News

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On the nights when the winds are light and the skies are dark, hundreds of helium-filled balloons are sent up and away from multiple points in South Korea, destined a few miles away and into North Korea. Only these are no ordinary balloons — they are considered “Bible Balloons,” adorned with the Words of God printed in Korean or flash drives featuring the entire texts of the Testament.

It is one of the few creative — and inherently dangerous — ways bibles are smuggled into the oppressive dictatorship in the hopes that impoverished North Koreans will know that they aren’t forgotten. Other activists, such as American pastor Eric Foley, have opted for a much larger hydrogen-fueled 40-foot balloon brimming with bibles and testimonials. These are then dropped into rural areas with the help of GPS technology, in the hopes that even just one will be picked up.

“Growth in Christianity does not happen in waves but always one at a time,” Foley — CEO of Voice of the Martyrs Korea — told Fox News.

Nonetheless, the regime is well aware of the biblical balloons — which have been at the center point of bible smuggling since the 90’s — and if the endeavor to shoot them down fails, anyone spotted collecting the contents is immediately arrested. These days, flash drives, SD cards, leaflets and photos featuring the strictly outlawed religious texts are also disseminated not only from balloons but also through the use of large drones — and more and more, bibles are being disseminated in electronic rather than print form.

Such smuggling programs generate little funding or support from outside governments, and are generally left up to missionaries, nongovernmental organizations and activists.

“It is becoming too dangerous and bulky to bring in hard copy bibles,” one Korean source familiar with the operations said. “Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing demand for ‘outside’ information — whether religious or secular.”

But still, there are on the on-foot actors.

“The bibles are printed in another country, and then secretly taken and distributed in North Korea, usually a few at a time,” Vernon Brewer, founder and president of Christian humanitarian organization World Help, told Fox News. “The people who smuggle bibles have to be extremely careful, changing their route and taking other precautions to avoid getting caught.”

"reaching for a bible in hotel drawer from the bed, Gideons Bible"
Bible smuggling into North Korea is a dangerous but growing business (Arthur Carlo Franco )
According to Brewer, once those bibles are inside, they are passed along through trusted believers, and he and his organization send a couple of different sizes — but the most popular versions are the small New Testaments.

“This is because they fit in the palm of your hand and can easily be exchanged during a handshake or left in strategic locations for people to find,” he continued.

Posted by Blaine Scohin

 2017/10/31 21:01





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