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10 Reasons North Korea is Not the Worst Place to Be a Christian

ICC Note:

North Korean regime is one of the top persecutors of Christians in the world. Pastor Eric Foley’s comments in the article show that, even in the darkest night, God’s light shines and His people will see the hope, mercy, and miracles from Him and grow to be more like Jesus. The Bible teaches that “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it.” (I Corinthian 12:26-27) ICC continues to fix eyes upon God and looks for ways to serve our persecuted brothers and sisters.

06/04/2014 North Korea (CHARISMANEWS)- Christian media often describe North Korea as “the worst place on earth to be a Christian.” According to the leader of one ministry working with North Korean underground Christians, however, that’s not how the Christians of North Korea themselves feel.

Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, says that North Korean underground Christians are among the least likely group to defect since they feel their existence in North Korea has divine purpose.

“Our reckoning that North Korea is the worst place to be a Christian says more about our own understanding of Christianity than it does about North Korea,” says Foley.

Foley offers his own list of “10 Reasons North Korea is not the Worst Place to be a Christian” in a recent press release.



Romans 8:28 still applies inside of North Korea.



If you are a Christian in a country where no Christians are suffering for Jesus you probably ought to be more concerned than if you are a Christian in a country where nearly every Christian is suffering for Jesus.



Jesus said, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you… For your reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:11–12).



We Western Christians sometimes confuse God with Mammon. North Korean Christians daily see the difference clearly.



For Western Christians, our biggest theological preoccupation seems to be not trying to earn our way to heaven. North Koreans are long past thinking they can do anything to impress God.




Christians are ambassadors. If one truly understands one’s identity as an ambassador, one glories in that identity rather than grumbling about the country where one got posted.

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