The Two Bible Verses North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un Is Terrified Of, According To Sen. Lankford
May 28, 2017 by Rik Bokelman
The Kim regime in North Korea, which has imprisoned, tortured and even killed thousands of Christians, is terrified of the Gospel. That’s what Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told North Korean freedom activists gathered on Capitol Hill, reports Christian Post.
“It’s amazing to me that when I walked up to the dais, I walked up holding this Bible,” Lankford said while he spoke to those who attended. “If I did the same thing speaking in North Korea, this would give me a hard time. It would be longer if I handed it to you.”
“I’m astounded by that. I am astounded by that as a Christian myself. But I am astounded by that because sharing the Gospel attracts the fear of Kim Jong Un and that regime. I think about the words that are in this book and how terrified they are of this book. I think about some of the things that it says.”
Open Doors USA has ranked North Korea as the No. 1 worst country in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians for 16 years.
Lankford cited the passage of Matthew 22:37-40. “The regime is terrified of statements like this, where Jesus said to them all, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets. The Kim regime is terrified of that statement. It’s just a simple statement but here is what [God] demands — to be able to love God and to be able to love your neighbor.”
He also cited 1 Timothy 2: “Paul writes to Timothy and he says to him, ‘I encourage that prayers, entreaties, petitions and thanksgiving be made on behalf of all men — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and in dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.'”
Lankford summarized that Christian’s first calling is to be able to love our neighbor, and to love God. He added Paul told people to ‘show respect and live quiet and dignified lives.’ “That is the subversive text that the regime is terrified of and that is astounding to me,” he added.
Greg Scarlatoiu, an expert on the human rights abuses in North Korea and executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, said that one of the largest reasons why the Kim regime has a disdain for Christianity is because of its threat to the regime’s ability to control information.
“[Christianity] offers an alternative set of beliefs, an alternative way of life, a way of life that does not tolerate tyranny,” he said. “The North Korean regime fears Christianity because it offers a venue for the exchange of ideas. Remember, this regime has maintained its power through information control, through an absolute overwhelming level of coercion, control, surveillance and punishment that is executed by 270,000 agents in three eternal security agencies — a vast network of informers.”