In April, the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs department published an independent review of global Christian persecution which claimed that “the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide.” The review then stressed “the need for governments to give increasing priority and specific targeted support to this faith community [Christianity].”
Voice of the Martyrs Korea, a ministry that has been working with persecuted Christians for nearly two decades, agrees with the report’s statistics but strongly disagrees with the report’s call for governmental intervention.
“The review verifies what Christians already know,” says Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, Voice of the Martyrs Korea representative.
“The Bible teaches: ‘Everyone who seeks to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted’ (2 Timothy 3:12). But the Bible does not then call for government intervention. Instead, it teaches us how to suffer for the cause of Christ.”
『In the Face of Surrender』 Korean Translation
This is why Voice of the Martyrs Korea is publishing In the Face of Surrender, an anthology of stories about Christians all over the world who persevere in the face of adversity. Foley notes that the book was written by a persecuted Christian, Voice of the Martyrs global founder, Reverend Richard Wurmbrand.”In the Face of Surrender is a book that teaches all Christians how to grow spiritually in spite of suffering, persecution, and adversity,” Foley explains.
“Because Reverend Wurmbrand was a persecuted Christian, he thought that the main difference between a persecuted and non-persecuted Christian is not the country they live in, but their attitude toward suffering. Non-persecuted Christians fear suffering. Persecuted Christians see suffering as a necessary part of God’s plan for their growth.”