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Aslaksen in naval uniform
April 19, 1888|
|Died||May 10, 1976
|Title||Leader of Brunstad Christian Church|
|Predecessor||Johan Oscar Smith|
Aslaksen met Johan Oscar Smith in 1908 while both served in the Navy. Being an active Christian, Aslaksen had plans to travel to China as missionary, and studied for a short period at a Bible School in England. Following ongoing correspondence with Smith, Aslaksen became active in Smith's religious work. During the First World War, Aslaksen served with the Navy, patrolling Norway's coastline. While on shore leave at various ports on Norway's south and west coast, he was an active and enthusiastic missionary, preaching the message of sanctification through victory over sin that Smith was also preaching.
After leaving the Navy, Aslaksen dedicated his life to the work in the church and became a leading figure in the growth and development of the group now known as Brunstad Christian Church. In later years, Aslaksen travelled to Denmark, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and England where churches were also established.
Although Aslaksen's main focus was his work for the church, he made significant contributions to society in general. He was instrumental in justifying the position of Christians in military service, explaining from the Bible that Christians both can and should participate in military service. In a broader sense, this led to a definition of Christian values that included both duty and loyalty to the society in which one lives.
Following Smith's death in 1943, Aslaksen became the leader of The Christian Church. He was a prolific writer and authored many articles, books and hymns.
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- Unknown. Elias Aslaksen—Part 1, Brunstad Christian Church
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- Bratli, Kjel Arne. Soldier of the Lord, SSF, Horten 1998