FREE SEMINAR AND BOOK: RETURNING TO “BIBLE CHRISTIANITY” WITH THE HELP OF EARLY KOREAN CHRISTIANS AND THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH
On Monday November 6 at 7:30PM, Voice of the Martyrs will hold the third in a series of free training events for pastors and church leaders on how the Bible calls us to respond to the Sexual Revolution. A copy of Pastor Foley’s new book, Living in the Underground Church, will be given to each attendee.
What does God say about homosexuality? How does God direct us to live in order to be blessed? These are questions that Korean Christians urgently take to the Bible today. But if we look for guidance from the early Korean Christians and the countries where Christianity is growing the fastest today, these are exactly the wrong questions to ask.
This is the claim of the Rev. Dr. Eric Foley, co-founder and CEO of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, who in his latest book, Living in the Underground Church, offers six questions to take to the Bible to help return today’s Korean Church to “Bible Christianity”.
“Missionaries described the earliest Korean Christians as ‘Bible Christians’,” says Pastor Foley. “These first generation Korean Christians did not primarily read the Bible to learn what God was saying about current events or living a blessed life. They read the Bible first and foremost to learn what God was saying about God. Through this they learned how to be fully Christian, even in the midst of the great challenges they were facing.”
Pastor Foley notes that the same approach to Bible reading can be observed today in underground churches: churches that exist in environments hostile to Christianity, where Christians are not able to participate in the systems of society without compromising their faith.
“We might expect that underground Christians read the Bible to find out about how to address the persecution they are facing,” says Pastor Foley. “But time and time again, what we find is that serious persecution forces Christians to return to the essence of Christianity, and the essence of Christianity is learning the character of God.”
Pastor Foley notes that Christianity is growing the fastest where the church must exist underground. He believes that this is because Christians there have learned “to keep the main thing the main thing” and to read the Bible totally focused on the character of God.
In order to bring this same approach to Bible reading and the Christian life to Korean Christians, Pastor Foley wrote Living in the Underground Church. It is the third in a series of books Pastor Foley has written this year to help the Korean Church better face the challenges of the Sexual Revolution and the growing hostility of Korean society toward Christianity.
“The best way to address homosexuality isn’t to be anti-gay,” says Foley. “It is to become more fully Christian. And becoming more fully Christian means learning to read the Bible the way early Korean Christians and today’s underground Christians read it: Focused on the character of God.”
In Living in the Underground Church, Foley lays out a simple six-question method for reading any Bible passage so that Christians can focus on the character of God. He explains in the book how following this method can return us to the “Bible Christianity” of the earliest Korean Christians and today’s underground Christians.
Foley says helping today’s Korean Church return to the “Bible Christianity” of its ancestors is why Voice of the Martyrs is publishing a series of books on the Sexual Revolution and is holding free training events for pastors and church leaders on this subject.
The first and second books in the series, Preparing for the Underground Church and Planting the Underground Church, were released earlier this year. The related training events may be viewed at http://vomkorea.kr/resources/training/. The books are available for a donation of 5,000 KRW each by calling the Voice of the Martyrs office at 02-2065-0703.
The third book in the series, Living in the Underground Church, will be released on November 6 at a free training event for pastors and church leaders from 7:30PM-9:30PM at the Voice of the Martyrs office in Mapo. Pastors and church leaders interested in attending must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance of the event by calling the Voice of the Martyrs at 02-2065-0703. Walk-ins are not permitted. Registrants will receive a free copy of Living in the Underground Church. The book is also available for a donation of 5,000 KRW from Voice of the Martyrs. It is not necessary for participants to have attended the previous two training events.