Fellowship and Answers of the Above About the Questions of the Korean Church
I’ve thought about this issue: If an anti-Christ or false leader were to appear every so often in the Korean church, would Korea’s chosen people be able to stand firm? I believe that most people would be able to stand their ground. Only a very small number would be deceived, develop certain conceptions towards God’s work and end up leaving the church. We have some proof of this in our own experiences in the Chinese church. Now, a member of the Korean church has brought up his issues. Now, who is this person that is bringing up these issues? This person opposes and has conceptions toward God’s work and the arrangements of the family of God. This person certainly does not love the truth. He’s not willing to be disciplined by truth and principle, he’s not used to it and feels helpless. As a result, these questions have come to the surface today. However, disregarding who it is that holds these conceptions and coming back to the main point, would you say that these conceptions are normal for someone who has yet to understand the truth? You could say they are normal. You can’t just eliminate someone just because he expresses a few of his conceptions. That’s not right. You’ve got to give him a chance to repent: don’t blindly condemn him! Only if he stubbornly sticks to his ideas and interferes with things should he be condemned. It’s normal to have these kinds of conceptions and illusions. Which person doesn’t have a little bit of baggage before they attain the truth? Every person has some conceptions and illusions which are not in line with God’s intentions, right? So what we’re seeing here with this situation in the Korean church is not a one-off thing. Thirty years ago this kind of thing happened all the time in the Chinese church. Isn’t the fact that the Chinese church has stubbornly survived through all of the cruel suppression and persecution of the CCP and is still able to bear resounding witness just the result of God’s omnipotence? This is the power of God’s word–God’s word conquers mankind.
Question 5: I have some issues with this kind of meeting style. I think once a month there should be a time allotted for Koreans to meet amongst themselves.
Answer: Aren’t Koreans meeting on their own now? Are they meeting along with Chao-xian and Han people? It’s ok for the Koreans to ask to meet by themselves. Why don’t we have the Koreans meet with Chao-xian people? Look at the meetings in Taiwan: In those meetings, Taiwanese and mainland Chinese all attend. They get along great, very harmonious, just great—they’re all Chinese people. If you look abroad, in God’s family, people from every province of China meet together. Take Korea, people from every province of China participate, in America it’s the same way. No matter where they’re from, when people come together they are one family. There’s no distinguishing where people are from when the family gets together. There’s no separating people of democratic countries from those of autocratic nations—we’re all sisters and brothers. People all hope that “we can get someone with experience, someone who has believed in God for a long time, to lead and communicate truth to us who are mostly new believers.” Isn’t this what we all hope to see happen? If, as some people have suggested, we now let Koreans have their own meetings, group Chao-xian people and northern Chao-xian people in their own meetings, and group Chinese people into their own meetings, this would not be in keeping with God’s will. Why is this? If you don’t believe me, then just try for yourselves. When you try it out, you’ll see there’s something wrong, “This won’t do, people shouldn’t be grouped like this. If we group people into such specific groupings we won’t get what we need. We still hope to get some experienced people, people not of our nationality, to fellowship with us. That way we can learn some new things, gain new illumination, and obtain some things we haven’t had before.” Is this not what people wish for? People always want to learn new things, they get bored of the same thing all the time within groups of people of their own nationality. Everyone is the same, they all have the same kind of illumination and so there is no novelty and enjoyment. So, we like for people of different nationalities to meet together—you discuss your experiences, I offer my insights—in this way we all learn more and receive more. We needn’t speak in spiritual terms, even in everyday life, in what we eat, what we wear, where we live, it’s the same. Doing things in this way (mixing different nationalities) allows us to learn new things. So I like for people of all different nationalities to meet together, because, on the one hand, people can broaden their horizons, on the other hand, it allows for people to see the best things about each country, to learn more and become clearer. This is good. People of different countries all have their merits and shortcomings. We ought to learn from people’s merits—this is right—we all learn from each other’s strengths to offset our weaknesses, no?
Question 6: Chinese brothers and sisters don’t greet anyone when they arrive at their house. As soon as they arrive, they just begin fellowshiping. It feels too rigid and formal. If you ask them out for coffee or a meal they refuse … They adhere too strictly to regulations.
Answer: This is true. Most Chinese people are just like this. Now, when they go abroad, they widen their knowledge: Some learn to be more polite, to act with etiquette—but are these the most important things? These are shortcomings in their humanity, they should be improved, but they are not of chief importance. No matter how great your humanity may be, if you don’t accept the truth you will eventually be destroyed. So on what should we place importance in our interactions with others? We should help others improve their shortcomings, but we should also accept and study from the merits of others. We shouldn’t look down on others as “backward and ignorant” just because they have a few shortcomings. No matter how backward or ignorant he may be, he is regarded by God as advanced. He’s so backward and yet he accepts God’s work, so why is it that you’re so progressive but you don’t accept God? His backwardness is a condemnation of the sin of your progressiveness, is it not? You say he’s naïve and ignorant, so how is it that he first accepted God’s work? You have intelligence and wisdom, so why didn’t you accept? How do you explain this? When Chinese people encounter this kind of thing, when they travel abroad and observe that the humanity, knowledge, politeness and etiquette of foreigners is greater than their own, they unwittingly absorb and learn from them. We study the merits of others, the virtues in their humanity. This is our attitude.