North Korean Christians Pray for ‘Free’ Christians to ‘Realize God is All You Need’ – Angela Lu

One of the first things Eric Foley, the co-founder of Seoul USA, learned about the North Korean underground church is that it is not a group to be pitied. About 10 years ago Foley asked a member of the underground church how he could pray for them. He recalls the North Korean’s response, “You, pray for us? We pray for you … because South Korean and American churches believe challenges in the Christian faith are solved by money, freedom, and politics. It’s only when all you have is God do you realize God is all you need.”

Foley estimates about 100,000 Christians live in North Korea, with about a third of them in concentration camps. Unlike the Chinese underground church, North Korean Christians can’t risk gathering together because spies are everywhere. Instead, they worship in their own household or in the common areas, like while walking down the road out of earshot.

As North Korea fell under Communist rule after World War II, Christians realized they would soon face intense persecution. Some escaped to South Korea, where they could worship freely, but those who stayed chose four foundational pillars of Christianity they could pass on to future generations: theology through the Apostle’s Creed, prayer through the Lord’s Prayer, ethics through the Ten Commandments, and worship through the Lord’s supper. At least one of these elements is present in each of the North Korean underground churches.

To learn more about the Bible, Christians who are able to leave the country on work trips meet with missionaries and memorize Scripture to share with others. Physical copies of the Bible are rare for poor households, as government officials regularly check their homes. If officials find a Bible, the government will send the family to concentration camps or kill them. Seoul USA has been able to send Bibles over to North Korea using balloons — 50,000 Bibles dropped into the country this past year. The group also produces short-wave radio programs with North Korean defectors reading the Bible, as about 20 percent of North Koreans illegally own radios.

The government deems Christianity a threat because North Korea’s Juche ideology, which mixes Marxism with worship of the “Great Leader” Kim Il Sung and his family, is partially copied from Christianity. Kim, who attended church until eighth grade, took Christian concepts like the trinity, church services, and hymns and made it all about himself. If people found out about Christ, they’d see Kim and his lineage as the frauds they are.

With a zero-tolerance policy for Christianity, Christians are careful who they tell about their faith. They don’t reveal their belief to their spouses until years after marriage, and they can’t tell their children until they turn 15, as teachers are trained to extract such information from students.

Foley found that children of Christian families don’t even realize they’re sitting in an underground church meeting. One man said every week his grandfather would gather the family together and give them the same 10 pieces of advice. Later he realized his grandfather was passing down the Ten Commandments.

Foley has also met defectors who “know Bible stories told differently or some Christian songs. North Korean Christians are very careful to pass on the treasure and for their family members to guard it and only over time realize what it is.”

Members of the church have told Foley they see concentration camps as just another mission field — North Korean officials have had to separate Christians from other prisoners because they keep sharing the gospel. Faced with such danger, North Korean defectors are often disappointed with what they see in the South Korean church.

“They are sad to see the faith is very different from their own,” Foley said. “The North Korean faith life is built upon this idea of being faithful to carry out what God has given you to do even in the face of impossible opposition.”

While many South Korean and U.S. groups want to help North Korean Christians escape the country, defectors often have a hard to readjusting to their new homes: 16 percent of them end up committing suicide. Seoul USA sees its role as discipling the church in North Korea by providing resources like the radio and Bibles, as well as starting Underground University to train North Korean defectors to become missionaries to their own people.

So as churches gather for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on Nov. 3 (Nov. 10 for some churches and organizations), Foley hopes Western churches realize they have much to learn from their North Korean brethren.

“IDOP too often becomes pray for the poor persecuted Christian. We want to challenge that idea: Freedom in Christ is something you can have even in the darkest corner of the world.”

c. 2013 WORLD News Service. 

Publication date: November 4, 2013

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African J – It’s All About You

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African J drops her single titled ‘It’s All About You’ which reflects a heartfelt supplication to God, by openly acknowledging the truth that life is all about Him. Get ready to be driven into a quality worship with God.

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Afrikan J – Its All About You

This is the first of the anticipated new double singles from one of gospel music’s remarkable vocal power house. Her name is Afrikan J and today, she drops yet another song that takes us straight into quality worship of God Almighty.

Titled ‘Its All About You”, the song is a heartfelt supplication to God openly acknowledging the truth that life is all about Him. Afrikan J is quoted to have said that she would do no other music except gospel music.

With this song, she makes good that expression. The song was produced by King Buskie and superbly delivered by her. Download and bask in the euphoria of this beautiful worship experience.

 

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Not All Gospel Songs Are Healthy – Oluwatosin Ade-Ajayi

There’s this enchanting, smoldering, riveting, exhilarating and enigmatic feeling I have for this guy hubda, glazba, muziek, zene, muzik, tonlist, music, coel , musica, musique. Actually, I just spelt “music” in ten different languages. (You thought I was going to gist you about a guy right? *smiling* keep reading, you’ll find this even more interesting).

“Which one is this again! There are way too many rules. They said don’t listen to ungodly song, I tried so hard and happily succeeded (after sooo much struggle) and now just when I was settling down and feeling good with my achievement, they bring this ‘revelation’ again”.

I loooove music!!!

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According to mdictionary.com, music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and colour.

Highlighting the word significant this implies that music, expresses a meaning, has a meaning be it hidden or not, it has the capability to influence. More so, anything with significance is never produced by mere chance, but for a purpose.

The kind of music we listen to affects our personality and who we eventually become” says a music lover. Scientific studies have proven that music relentlessly affects our psyche and our behaviour is dependent on the kind of music we listen to.

Let me tell you a brief story from my favourite non-friction book. An angel named Lucifer was exceptionally endowed with music. In fact he was the head of the music ministry in heaven. He was not only endowed with music but with beauty. He was even regarded as the morning star. (Read the Bible for facts- Job 38:7, Ezekiel 28:13-19, Isaiah 14-11-14)

But his splendor got into his head and he became very prideful, wanting to overthrow GOD , so the ‘Big boss’ displaced him from the heavens down to the lowest depths. When Lucifer the fallen angel was displaced, his talents where not ripped off him and instead of using his talents for what it was created for, he used and still uses them to lure human into all manners of sin. So that they will fall into the unpleasant, darkest, lowest depths like him.

Back to the significant characteristic of music, Music is not merely produced; this implies that every musical piece has its purpose. Music was originally created to glorify God, but when the music leader Lucifer rebelled, he started creating his music with a contradicting purpose.

Now, a music piece can only have one of these two purposes, which is to glorify God or not to glorify God. No matter how enchanting music sounds, it can either be from the pure source or the evil source.

. . . some godly music can be a disguise (The devil is a chief when it comes to deceit, II Corinthians11:14). When I was told about a decade back that not all lyrically good songs are from God and that there’s a spirit behind every song, in my mind I was like,

“Which one is this again! There are way too many rules. They said don’t listen to ungodly song, I tried so hard and happily succeeded (after sooo much struggle) and now just when I was settling down and feeling good with my achievement, they bring this ‘revelation’ again”.

Although the statement took me by surprise, I knew there was something deep about the statement “There is a spirit behind every song” so I took note of this statement and told God to explain this revelation to me.

One interesting thing about God is that he never condemns you. He reveals and explains things to you in bits until you grasps the whole picture and leaves you to decide for yourself what path to take. Now it’s crystal clear to me that the statement is true.

Obedience doesn’t come naturally to human so don’t be too hard on yourself to follow the ‘rule’ Just ask God, to reveal to you the truth about music and to help you love the truth. When you love something you’ll follow it without thinking of the opportunity cost. This is a simple secret on how to be obedient.

Oh o! This post is getting too long so I’ll highlight what I have discovered .

1. The lyric of a song is key. A song with clean, morally good lyrics is safe to speak meditate on. Mark 7:20-21

2. The personality of the artist. Although God can use whomever He pleases, if you’re observant, you’ll know an ungodly artist who is singing a godly song for the money.

3. How do you feel while listening to the song? Most importantly, how do you feel after listening to the song? Take time to observe this and be sincere. Does the song make you sad, lonely, depressed, happy, edified or at peace…

4. What spirit is behind the song? On the long run it’s either God’s spirit or the devils. E.g. if the spirit of peace is released from a song then it’s of God. Job 32:8 says the spirit of God in man gives man intelligence.

An artist who worships the devil will release a song with an evil spirit. The most effective way to discern the spirit behind a song is to be in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit (The spirit of truth). With the Holy Spirit, in you, you’ll have a caution in your spirit to repel any song with an evil spirit.

5. Lastly the choice is yours. If you choose to become significant and fulfill the purpose for which you were created, you’ll listen to things that will aid your desire. The Holy Spirit can only guide you, not force you.

You can listen to godly gospel songs all day every day on Praiseworld Radio http://www.praiseworldradio.com an online gospel radio station. You can also download gospel songs for FREE on the official website.

I’ll love you to share your perspective on music, do you love music? What type of music do you listen to? How do you discern what type of music to listen to?

– Written by Oluwatosin Ade-Ajayi