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Franklin Graham Was Asked if Life for Christians Will Improve in North Korea, Here’s What He Said

Here’s What He Said

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North Korea has been ranked the number one worst place to be a Christian for 16 years in a row by the Open Doors Foundation.

The resilient few who make it out of the locked down nation tell harrowing tales of persecution in a nation where Christianity is almost completely forbidden.

So when Donald Trump made his comments this week following his seemingly quite successful meeting with the Supreme Leader of this tyrannical nightmare of a nation that Kim “loved his people”, many people understandably got quite upset.

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Even the left, who sang the praises of Kim’s sister at the Olympics and chided Pence for being apparently cold to the sister of a brutal dictator who persecutes his brethren in Christ, suddenly remembered what a terrible place North Korea was.

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Trump’s objective, however, in all his relations with Kim Jong Un, including the lavish praise, as he reminded Fox and Friends on Friday has been denuclearization. When asked why he has been defending Kim Jong Un, he said:

“You know why? Because I don’t want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family.”

Fair enough.

But the question remains, will the deal be good for the persecuted church in North Korea?

Evangelist Franklin Graham also told CBN this week that he believes it will. Graham, who is the son of the late Billy Graham, has many family ties to the Korean peninsula and has visited the DPRK on four humanitarian trips.

He says he feels “very optimistic” about Trump’s Singapore summit with Kim, and believes Trump’s willingness to engage with Kim was the politically expedient thing to do.

“I think the North Koreans have been wanting to talk to the Americans for a long time and this is the first administration that they’ve been able to talk to directly like this,” he said. “The North Koreans just want to be shown respect and other administrations brushed them off like they were nothing.”

He thinks that influence from the West could help relax restrictions on life for North Korean Christians.

“I want the communist government to know that Christians are not their enemies,” he said. “They have the potential of being the very best citizens in the country because God commands all of us to pray for those that are in authority.”

We ought to pray for our leaders, whoever they are, and it’s a radical thought to think of the biblical responsibility North Korean Christians have to pray for their leader. Nonetheless, it is true, but we in the West have a very big responsibility to pray for our persecuted brethren, that they may be comforted and know how much the rest of the global church hopes to see them freed from their political chains very soon.

 

 

 

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LA County Now Lifting Ban On Indoor Worship Services ‘To Align With Recent SCOTUS Rulings’

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Los Angeles County has decided to finally follow the Constitution and honor the First Amendment right of freedom of religion — a right handed down by God Himself — and lift a ban on indoor church worship services over the weekend after recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of houses of worship. Gee, how nice of them to allow folks to do what God commands them to do and hold services inside a building like normal people. This should never have been something that needed a Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution is pretty clear that the right to freely expression religion is protected. via Daily Wire: “The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with recent Supreme Court rulings for places of worship,” the county said in a press release Saturday. “Places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Places of worship must also assure that attendance does not exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of six feet between separate households.” “Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community,” the release continued. “Because Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community is critical. This is an absolute win for religious liberty, one of the most important and fundamental rights our republic was established upon. In fact, it was our forefathers seeking after religious…

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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