Just when I thought that I had heard it all, I read an Ecumenical News International press release this afternoon about a recent World Council of Churches trip to North Korea, sponsored and at the invitation of the North Korean government. In it, one of the leading representatives, General secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia, Prawate Khid-arn, said following this, his first visit to North Korea:
"The Church (in North Korea) still has the freedom to carry out its mission, but of course, still has some limitations. The challenge of the church is how to do its mission in a different societal system."
Freedom? Some limitations? Challenge to do mission in a different societal system?
Where do I begin to pick apart such a singularly silly statement? Anyone who has done any small amount of research on religious freedom in North Korea sees this statement for what it is; pure political posturing without an ounce of credibility.
Keep in mind that the WCC was the same gang that denied that there was persecution in the former Soviet Union and called Richard Wurmbrand a liar. Sadly, they continue to show, far too often, a greater concern with supporting anti-western regimes than they are in uncovering and stating the entire truth and publicly standing together with their brothers and sisters who are paying the price for a faith they claim to believe in.