The work of the
Dr. David Yonggi
Cho is pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea.
The world’s largest church, it serves more than 800,000
members. He is also founder, president and chairman of the board
of directors for Church Growth International and past chairman
of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship. He was recently interviewed
by Ken Horn, managing editor.
PE: What is the
importance of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life?
Without the influence of the Holy Spirit, no one can believe
in the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the heaven-sent Helper for our
Christian life. Without His help, we can’t survive in
this world of evil. This is the age of the Holy Spirit. God
the Father and Jesus the Son manifest to us through the Holy
PE: What advice
would you give someone who is seeking the baptism in the Holy
Spirit? What steps should they take?
receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit:
1) One should thoroughly
2) One should completely
surrender to our Lord Jesus.
3) One should fervently
desire the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
4) One should persistently
pray for the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
PE: Do the gifts
of the Spirit continue to be an important part of what God is
doing in Korea? Do you still see miracles frequently?
We are seeing miracles abundantly here in Korea. Where the Holy
Spirit is present, the gifts must be manifest, and Christians
have to expect the manifestation of the gifts. Divine healing
is an integral part of the good news. This message has to be
preached. Faith comes by hearing. The lack of preaching and
teaching on this brings about the disappearance of divine healing.
PE: Why do you
think miracles occur in some places and not in others?
Miracles occur when you desire and expect and believe. When
people stop reading the Bible and stop accepting God’s
promises, the Holy Spirit does not perform miracles.
PE: Some people
are confused about how to pray for healing. How would you suggest
is included in the redemption of our Lord. Healing is given
through grace by faith, so one should know the healing promises
and believe, and persistently pray and claim.
PE: As you travel
the world in ministry, are you seeing churches in revival?
I see churches in revival in Africa, Asia and in South America.
Many churches are dying in Europe. The Pentecostal churches
are growing and are very healthy. Any church where the Holy
Spirit is welcome, the church is coming alive.
PE: What has the
Lord laid upon your heart at this time in your ministry?
Awakening the body of Christ for the soon coming of our Lord
PE: What are your
current goals and dreams?
In two years, I should resign when I become 70 years old. But
presently my goal is planting 500 to 1,000 new churches in Korea
and to evangelize North Korea and China.
PE: Anything else
you would like to share with our readers?
The American church has always been a source of inspiration
and our pride. I pray that God may revive the American church
to renew the strength and leadership for world Christendom.
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