Through these pages you will get to know us a little better and our vision to spread a passion for the glory of God in Christ Jesus from generation to generation. Whether you are new to Lynden, new to Christianity or just want to find out more about our church, we invite you to have a look around, feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail and visit us anytime. Our Sunday worship times are 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM. Childcare is provided at both services.
Is this just an ancient story of a megalomaniac king? In the late 1930’s at the height of Joseph Stalin’s reign in the Soviet Union during a standing ovation no one dared to be the first to sit down. Finally an old man, no longer able to stand, sat down. The next day he was arrested. His crime, not worshiping the idol long enough. On April 20, 1938, the 49th birthday of Hitler, the prisoners of Buchenwald concentration camp were ordered to pay tribute and take off their hats. Rev. Paul Schneider refused and was beaten. He also refused to raise his hand and say, “Heil, Hitler” and refused to salute the swastika flag. Three months later he became the first protestant pastor to be martyred by the Nazis. And this is not just a thing of the past. Today in North Korea everyone is required to reverence and applaud Kim Jong-un. Everyone. No one dares show any lack of reverence or adoration. North Korean’s must show totally loyalty and absolute obedience. To refuse is to be sent to hard labor camps or killed. An American visitor to North Korea in 2009 writes: “The first stop on our itinerary was the obligatory visit to the Mansudae Grand Monument, a 65 foot bronze statue of the “Great Leader” Kim Il-Sung. This is one of the holiest sites in Pyongyang, with thousands of North Koreans paying their respects to the Great Leader each day. “Every tour group is expected to purchase bouquets of flowers, lay them at the feet of Kim Il-Sung, and then bow in accordance with local customs. “Obviously, bowing to a statue of a ruthless dictator is not something you want to do, but if you are set on visiting North Korea, this bizarre gesture is a requirement that many simply accept as the price of admission”(blog). Millions today are bowing to gold Buddha’s. Nearly two million a year make pilgrimage to Mecca. Every Muslim is expected once in their lifetime to walk seven times around the Grand Kaaba, bowing and kissing and praying. This year it is set for September 12.