South Korea has a population of 51 million people. The country has a long history dating back nearly 3,000 years. After the Korean War, South Korea has emerged as one of the largest and most powerful economies in all of Asia. Though South Korea is no longer a poor country, it has a great spiritual need for the Gospel to be preached to its people. Most Koreans will live and die without ever being personally engaged with the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. False religion, materialism, and pride cause many to be initially resistant and even closed to hearing the truth. The LORD has called us to boldly yet patiently communicate the Gospel to these people whom our Lord Jesus Christ desires to save.
The spiritual condition of the Korean people (data taken from the 2005 national census):
– Nearly half of the Korean population identifies themselves as “non-religious” or atheist. The widespread acceptance of Humanism, Darwinian Evolution, and other corrupt philosophies in this highly digitalized, materialistic society in which education is considered paramount keeps many Koreans (especially young people) from being interested in spiritual things. Regardless of their predisposition towards skepticism, these people need to be carefully shown the Scriptures which reveal the Creator of the Universe and His true Gospel.
– Buddhism has deeply influenced Korean society and culture for the past 1,500 years. Today, there are many Buddhists in South Korea. Several different Buddhist denominations are active throughout the country and nearly all cities have numerous temples. Many Korean Buddhists are not fanatical in their religious practice, but they are still blinded by the complex, false teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. Korean Buddhists need the truth that Jesus Christ is “…the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” lovingly communicated to them.
– Protestant Churches in Korea have long exhibited the effects of the unbiblical doctrine first taught by Protestant missionaries. Confucianism and Shamanism have also had great influence on the development of Christianity in Korea. Despite the polished facade that Korean Protestantism enthusiastically tries to portray, a myriad of false teachings, including false gospels, are being propagated through unbiblical Protestant/Evangelical churches across the nation. Perhaps as much as any other religious group in the country, Korean Protestants need the way of biblical salvation to be clearly communicated to them.
– Catholicism was the first form of “Christianity” introduced to Korea. This perversion of Christ’s teachings enslaves people in the hopeless system of salvation through works. Korean Catholics need the truth of salvation by grace through faith alone communicated to them.
– Muism or Shamanism has been practiced on the Korean Peninsula for thousands of years. Even in modern times this complex “folk religion” still pervades Korean society and has influenced other religions in Korea, including both Buddhism and “Protestant Christianity.”
– The Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are very active in Korea.
– Many other pseudo-Christian, pseudo-Buddhist, and shamanistic cults have flourished in Korea.
Romans 10:14 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
We are excited to preach Christ’s Gospel to the Korean people. The Lord has led us specifically to first plant an Independent Baptist Church in the city of Busan. Busan is the second largest city in South Korea. Approximately 3.6 million people make this city their home. Eight out of ten Koreans in Busan identify as Atheist, Non-religious, or Buddhist. Most South Koreans are apathetic towards spiritual things and many are (at least initially) closed to the Gospel; however, these are precious souls that Christ desires to save. As we encounter indifference and occasional hostility towards the Gospel message, we are reminded that this great task can only be attempted through the Lord’s enabling and power. We seek to be Spirit-filled, fervent witnesses for our Lord Jesus Christ here in Busan, Korea during these last days.
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Our family arrived in Busan, South Korea on September 29, 2017. As we continue language study, we are working to become effective communicators of the Gospel in Korean. We are currently preparing to begin the process of planting a new Independent Baptist Church in the center of our city with the long-term goal of training men whom the Lord calls to start other biblical churches. We desire to glorify the Lord by spending a lifetime communicating the glorious Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ to the Korean people through the Lord’s enabling.