SOUTH KOREA - Religious Group Raided for Breaching Virus Rules

Arno Froese

Police raided the headquarters of a local Christian missionary group over suspected violations of antivirus protocols that led to a large outbreak of the coronavirus.

The International Mission has been blamed for more than 400 cases of the coronavirus at its facilities, including at the IEM School in Daejeon.

The city government earlier filed a complaint with the police, accusing the leaders of IM and IEM School of violating the law on infectious disease prevention and control.

The school held in-person worship services when only virtual services were allowed, and ignored a 20-percent seating cap during a period of eased social distancing, according to city officials.

The city education office requested the investigation, saying it suspects the facility violated education laws by calling itself a school and teaching classes for teenage students for more than 30 days without proper accreditation.

IM’s leader, a missionary named Michael Jo, will be called in for questioning as a suspect, according to the police. 

-www.koreatimes.co.kr, 15 February 2021

Arno's Commentary

Midnight Call has written much about Covid-19, emphasizing our responsibility as citizens toward government regulations. Needless to say, there was much opposition from many who were instructed by some religious leaders to oppose government regulations based on the misuse of Scripture: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29b). When one reads this chapter, or better yet the entire book of Acts, it becomes quite evident that we are subject to any and all governments on planet earth. The Scripture cited deals with religious opposition. The high priest asked the violators, “Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us” (Acts 5:28). They were forbidden to preach the Gospel in the name of Jesus, and to that they opposed and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

The Bible does speak of persecution of believers. Jesus stated in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Mathew 5:11). Note the word “falsely.” That is when we suffer persecution for Jesus’ sake. In this case, it is the opposite. Those who rebel against government restrictions have been falsely informed, endangering the well-being of fellow citizens.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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