Saturday, October 14, 2006

If you want to learn about the Presbyterian Church in Korea (Kosin), a worthwhile book to read is The Church Preserved Through Fires: A History of the Presbyterian Church in Korea by Dr. Soongil Hur (Inheritance Pub., 2006). (Since 1992, the PCK has been a sister church of the Canadian Reformed Churches.)

The PCK, by the grace and Spirit of God, has fought off liberalism, Arminianism, and ecumania.

The gospel was not allowed to be preached in Korea until 1885. The first Protestant missionaries were from North American (including Canadian) and Australian Presbyterian and Methodist churches. Many of the missionaries wanted just a "Christian" church in Korea and so tried to obliterate any confessional differences. The 1925 union of Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Canada, which produced the United Church of Canada, encouraged the missionaries in Korea to merge the several Protestant denominations. The Lord preserved a faithful Presbyterian church against this tide of liberalism, Arminianism and ecumania. The descendants of these faithful Reformed brothers and sisters form the PCK (Kosin), our sister churches.

In the early 1900s, Japan annexed Korea. Japan was anti-Christian and introduced Shinto religion. The churches could exist as long as the people also worshipped at the Shinto shrines. Many "Christians" compromised the Christian faith by "bowing the knee to Baal." In 1938 the General Assembly of the PCK said it was acceptable to comply with the Japanese demands. Many in the PCK did not comply. Ministers were imprisoned, tortured, martyred. And still, by the grace and Spirit of God, the Lord preserved his faithful who did not bow the knee at the Shinto shrine. The descendants are in the PCK (Kosin), our sister churches.

After Japan was defeated in the Second World war, Korea was divided into North and South. South Korea suffered terribly when North Korea, aided by the USSR, invaded the south. The PCK faithfully ministered during these perilous times.

The PCK (Kosin) stayed faithful during other crises (to do with ecumenical movements, associations, and an attempt to take over the Seminary).

Instrumental in helping this church stay faithful were several OPC missionaries.

The Call to Reformation people, who want us to break off ties with the PCK, and the OPC, should buy this book in bulk, read it, distribute it, and be ashamed of themselves.