Dr. Billy Kim: Christians Must Be Faithful in Prayer and Proclaiming Christ

Dr. Billy KimDr. Billy Kim, who has been called the Billy Graham of Asia, reminded Christian media and ministry professionals at the National Religious Broadcasters’ annual convention that they are co-laborers for Christ.

In remarks Tuesday at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, Kim emphasized how in a world that is so connected, it is a paradox that there are many who still have not heard the name of Jesus.

Kim, Pastor Emeritus of the 15,000-member Central Baptist Church in Suwon, South Korea, where he has served 45 years, is the Chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea, directing a powerful network of 11 radio stations, broadcasting the Gospel message in 97 distinct languages.

He recounted that when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963 the details of his killing and the name of the man accused of the crime went around the world in two hours.

“About 2,000 years ago, a man by the name of Jesus Christ was killed outside the walls of Jerusalem; yet, after 2,000 years, half of the world has yet to hear the news of the Savior’s death on the cross on Calvary,” Kim said, calling it a paradox.

“Jesus left a model for workmen to follow as Paul admonishes,” Kim said, reading from 2 Timothy 2:15.

God’s laborers must have compassion, he continued, warning Christ-followers to “not let the world’s wealth and pleasure distract you from your compassion for the world’s lost souls.”

“America must wake up before it is too late,” Kim exhorted.

“God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” he added, quoting Galatians 6:7.  “If America forgets God, she will have to face the wrath and judgment of God.”

Kim said he believes America still has hope if Christians begin to pray.

"Prayer," he continued, "is the key to successful workmen.”

Kim noted how history is full of men and women who prayed and witnessed God’s hand moving.

“When Moses prayed, the sea opened up and became a superhighway. When Abraham prayed, God gave him a son when humanly speaking it was an impossibility. When Paul prayed, prison doors were shaken right off their hinges,” he recalled.

Every miracle in the Bible is the result of a fervent prayer, Kim said.

Notably, however, while a large percentage of Americans claim to be Christians, the state of the nation’s culture says otherwise, Kim suggested.

“What America needs today is a generation of God-fearing mothers and fathers willing to pray all night that God might bring their wandering sons and daughters back to the fold,” he urged. Kim said believers must forsake the idols of the modern world and keep themselves pure, expressing concern that far too many Christians “compromise their convictions for convenience sake.”

“Workmen must not only pray but they also must have a commitment to the task the Lord has given them,” he said.

“We are in the last days,” Kim concluded.

For the evening session, Kim brought with him the world-renowned Korean Children's Choir, who blessed attendees with renditions of "God Bless America" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Also on stage to perform and speak, respectively, were the Newsboys and Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas.

By Dwayne Hastings

Published: February 26, 2015

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