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God Has Done Something Remarkable: An Interview with Paul Hattaway

 

PneumaReview.com: From your book, An Asian Harvest, it is clear that you have significant experience with the underground church in China. In your experience would you say that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as described by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, are evident in the underground church?

Paul Hattaway: Not only are all the gifts of the Spirit evident among the house churches in China, but over the years I have been blessed to hear of so many extraordinary miracles in China that it could be said that every miracle in the Bible takes place at least once somewhere in China each year. These even include miracles like the multiplication of food, and I have personally interviewed three people who have seen dead people raised to life through prayer, including one man who had died. All these testimonies, which have been attested to by numerous witnesses, will be in the new series of books coming out next year.

Regarding the gifts of the Holy Spirit outlined in 1 Corinthians 12, all of these are on display in the Chinese house churches, in different ways and in varying degrees of emphasis. Without the gifts and power of the Living God, nothing of the revival in China would have taken place. It has been a sovereign miracle of the Lord, not merely the work of men and women. He has poured out His Spirit upon broken and humble (and repentant) vessels, and the result has been over 100 million people turning to Jesus and having their lives mightily transformed. When it’s all said and done, no man will be able to claim credit for anything in the Chinese revival. Everyone will see and acknowledge it has been a supernatural move of God.

When it’s all said and done, no man will be able to claim credit for anything in the Chinese revival. Everyone will see and acknowledge it has been a supernatural move of God.

I also would like to add that the revival in China, although it contains weaknesses like all revivals in history, is fundamentally not the same as many moves of the Holy Spirit claimed to be occurring in other parts of the world in recent decades. All genuine revivals in history are marked by true repentance and an abandoning of sin, a deep fear of God as His terrible presence descends on entire communities, and a pursuit of holiness and hunger for God’s Word. Any “revival” without these factors present is not a genuine move of God.

 

PneumaReview.com: For those who are interested in learning more about the ministry of Asia Harvest where can they get further information?

Paul Hattaway: Thanks for the opportunity to share with you. People can learn about the work of Asia Harvest or sign up to receive our free newsletters, learn more about our books and other resources by visiting our website: www.asiaharvest.org 

We can always be contacted by email at: office@asiaharvest.org

 

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Category: Church History, Fall 2017

About the Author: Paul Hattaway, a native New Zealander, has been a Bible courier and missionary for most of his life. He is an expert on the Chinese Church and author of The Heavenly Man, Operation China and many other books. He is the founder and director of Asia Harvest (www.asiaharvest.org), a mission organization dedicated to serving and equipping churches across Asia to complete the Great Commission.

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