Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Underground Covert Church in North Korea is Growing

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
In spite of the persecution of most religions in North Korea, a covert church is growing, and even includes members of the power structure, said Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs (VoM) in talking with United Press International (UPI) on February 21. "To our knowledge, its members are either old people who had already been Christians ... or the very young who have been converted as refugees in China." Nettleton said that converts cross secretly from China back into North Korea to plant clandestine churches. "When converts are caught returning to North Korea from China, they are usually killed immediately," Nettleton said. "If they are caught by the Chinese and extradited to North Korea, they are incarcerated." In 1998 the government allowed three Christian churches to open in its capital, Pyongyang--two are Protestant, one is Catholic. European visitors to Pyongyang reported the Christian congregations were "clearly bogus." They said they believed they were witnesses to "a rent-a-crowd obviously ordered into those churches to impress foreigners." (From United Press International ÐCrosswalk)

Obviously the evil one has many tricks up his sleeve to deceive. But the power of the Word of God is strong.

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