Evangelicals break with Bush on North Korea

Importance of preaching and humanitarian aid stressed
When evangelical pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren announced that he would make a preaching mission to North Korea next year, it raised eyebrows in the conservative religious community.

North Korea, after all, is a keystone in President Bush’s “axis of evil” and is called by the State Department and human rights groups a gross violator of religious freedom.

Warren, author of the Purpose-Driven book series, was forced to cancel a preliminary July 17 trip to Pyongyang following heightened tensions between the reclusive regime and the West over North Korea’s July 5 test of seven missiles. Nevertheless, he insisted that his preaching visit would go on next year despite criticism from other evangelicals and the Bush administration’s efforts to totally isolate the country. “Regardless of politics, I will go anywhere I am invited to preach the gospel,” Warren said.

 

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