In efforts to stunt the rapid growth of Christianity in China, authorities throughout the country have shuttered a number of prominent house churches and arrested Christians for worshiping without the approval of the government.
This however, has not stop the rapid growth of Christianity in the country, Growth of Christianity in China has become astronomical, and Yes, Atheist China could have largest number of Christians in the world by 2030.
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Chinese Christians imprisoned for their faith are seen to be memorizing Scripture passages smuggled to them on small pieces of paper because prison guards “can’t take what’s hidden in your heart,” one former prisoner revealed.
Wayne Cordeiro, pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently shared an experience he had on a trip to China, where the church went to train leaders.
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Wayne shared how 22 Christians from the Hunan Province took a 13-hour train ride to attend the leadership training held at a 700-square-foot hotel room. Out of the 22 Christians present, 18 had been imprisoned for their faith, the pastor revealed.
“If we get caught what will happen to me?” Cordeiro began by asking.
“Well, you will get deported in 24 hours, and we will go to prison for three years,” the Chinese Christians responded.
After beginning his lesson, the pastor realized he only had 15 Bibles to pass around, so seven people went without.
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“I said, ‘turn to 2 Peter 1, we are going to read it.’ Just then one lady handed hers to the person next to her, and I thought ‘hmm interesting,’” he recalled.
As the Christians began reading, he quickly realized why she had given her Bible away: she had memorized the whole book.
“When it was done, I went over to her at a break and said, ‘You recited the whole chapter,’” he said. She replied, “In prison, you have much time in prison.”
“Don’t they confiscate the Bible?” he asked.
She said that while any Christian material is indeed confiscated, people smuggle in scripture written on paper and hide it from the prison guards.
“That’s why we memorize it as fast as we can because even though they can take the paper away, they can’t take what’s hidden in your heart,” she explained.
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Following the three-day training session, one Chinese Christian man asked Cordeiro, “Could you pray that one day we could just be like you?”
“I looked at him and said, ‘I will not do that,’” he replied. “You guys road a train 13 hours to get here. In my country, if you have to drive more than an hour, people won’t come.”
“You sat on a wooden floor for three days. In my country, if people have to sit for more than 40 minutes they leave. You sat here for not only three days on a hard wooden floor, in my country if it’s not padded pews and air conditioning, people will not come back.”
“In my country, we have an average of two Bibles per family. We don’t read any of them. You hardly have any Bibles and you memorize them from pieces of paper.”
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“I will not pray that you become like us, but I will pray that we become just like you,” he concluded.
China has seen explosive growth in the number of believers over the last several decades. Estimates have even suggested that China is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030.
About 30 million Christians in China are estimated to attend state-sanctioned churches while many others attend illegal underground house churches that are not registered with the government.
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This was so encouraging and even convicting to do so much more for the body of Christ. And to become more like Jesus and less like myself. I need to pour more of myself out. Empty my cup so he fill it. For I want to say and believe that it is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me. Gloooryyyy!!!
I’ve heard about it years ago that born again christianity in china is growing rapidly, unknown to many they have reached millions.
The bible teaches man must not murder, steal, commit adultery, rape, lie, be greedy, nor idolatrous. That it is to turn away from the source of all life to turn to these evil sins. Jesus Christ teaches in the bible how to be a good just man by faith and obedience to not sinful man….but rather to the Holy Just GOD who created heaven and earth and all that is in it… China needs the truth so that corruption and injustice and evil may decrease in the land and justice and righteousness and truth may prevail in the land.
Wow.very awesome points and appreciable beother Benjamin but we should also know tjat this world is not our house rather it is on heaven where Lamb of God waiting for us to see there
Could you please describe who are these prisioners? If they are indeed Christians, if they were indeed imprisoned for their faith, when it was taken and where?
L, do you know that revealing their identity, and answering your when and where in like putting a death sentence on those Christians. Nonetheless, just know that they are indeed Christians and they were imprisoned for their faith in Jesus Christ, just like many other Christians in China.
L, i hope you are not asking this in order to relay the information to the government so that you can receive some millions into your account. But if you are sincere about your request, then please know that for the safety of their lives and family, it will not be reasonable to disclose their identity and location. They need to be alive to keep spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you
God bless you my brothers and sisters in China.I will commit myself to constantly pray for you…love from South Africa, Port Elizabeth..cedric
This is an encouragement to every believer in Christ to be strong in our faith so that at His second coming He will find faith in us. My chinese brethren, be strong in the Lord Jesus and the power of His might.
Calvary greetings from Akure, Nigeria.
That’s encouraging and really great may God grace be with them.
May the never lost their place in heaven Chinese Christian and the Christian all over d world passing this series of persecution everyday.
We pray may every Christian persecutors naw receive Christ.in Jesus nm amen.
This man is raking in 6 figures and living very luxuriously… it’s s shame… smh
God bless you my brothers and sisters in China. I will pray and pray and pray for coverment in Chine will chance in your mine and there will have a new version in the Jesus Christ name 🙏🙏⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡
The grace of God to carry on the race of christian rest upon you all. Amen
may the Almighty continue to protect and guide them all IJN