Monday, April 21, 2014

The Church in China Acts On the Great Commission

There are many denominations, but a primary dividing line in the Church in China is between the official, state-controlled groups and the House Church, which spreads like the early church did, because it brings Good News to people who recognize Truth.  This article in The Telegraph gives a good overview of some of the issues, although it avoids the facts that persecution still runs rampant, and pastors and publishers continue to be imprisoned for spreading the Word:

One of the most touching revelations in the story is the brief statement that Chinese house-church Christians are now sending missionaries into North Korea:
"Among China's Protestants are also many millions who worship at illegal underground "house churches", which hold unsupervised services – often in people's homes – in an attempt to evade the prying eyes of the Communist Party.
"Such churches are mostly behind China's embryonic missionary movement – a reversal of roles after the country was for centuries the target of foreign missionaries. Now it is starting to send its own missionaries abroad, notably into North Korea, in search of souls.
"We want to help and it is easier for us than for British, South Korean or American missionaries," said one underground church leader in north China who asked not to be named. "
These people are as brave and wonderful as the early disciples, to go forth and act on The Great Commission at great risk to themselves so that others might have eternal life in Jesus Christ. Too often in the western world, nominal churches have embraced worldly novelties, forgetting that the ONLY commandment given by the Risen Lord was to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”(Matthew 28:19&20)

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