Wednesday, May 04, 2011

American Christians challenged to emulate North Korean underground church

Rev. Eric Foley, co-founder of Voice of the Martyrs/Korea, has authored "The Whole Life Offering," a new manual designed to help American Christians grow by emulating discipleship practices of the North Korean underground church.

"The North Korean church is the most persecuted church in the world," says Foley. "They have had to learn ways of worship that do not depend on special buildings or paid pastors or freedoms granted by the government. 

“The early church was born in homes, with worship centered in families. The North Korean church still worships that way today, and they are stronger Christians than we are because of this. They treasure the word of God more than we do because it is so scarce for them. Their living rooms have become sanctuaries for God, not just places to watch television. They lack our worldly freedoms, but because of this they have become freer than we are in Christ."

“I am hopeful that [this book] can reawaken American Christians to true freedom in Christ, which leads to real maturity, not permanent Christian adolescence," says Foley.

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