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Nine Significant Features of the Chinese House Church

 

2. The Influence of Mao Zedong

Despite all his anti-Christian propaganda, hideous orders of destruction upon the church, and systematic attacks on Christian beliefs, Mao Zedong undeniably put into place the very factors needed to assist, nurture, and facilitate the growth of the world’s largest revival.

Rumors of healings and other miracles spread like wildfire throughout the Chinese countryside. When people were healed, they couldn’t help but tell everyone what had happened to them.

First, he insisted that everyone in the country become responsible for the sins of his or her neighbors. Everyone was accountable to know if the neighbors were involved in foul play—creating a very transparent society. Confession sessions were arranged for the Chinese to come forward with valuable, incriminating information about themselves or their neighbors.

According to Mao Zedong, you are your brother’s keeper. The confession sessions were implemented to create an atmosphere where no one would ever attempt to go against the Communist Party for fear of being caught by family, friends, or neighbors who, in turn, were afraid not to report an illegal activity for fear that they, too, would get into trouble. Yet this atmosphere actually created the perfect environment for healings and other miracles of God to be witnessed and shared. In such a confessional society, news spread very quickly—even the good news of Jesus.

If the sovereign Creator of the universe can use the evil schemes of man to bring about the greatest spiritual harvest in history, surely He can provide for us as we walk in obedience to Him one day at a time.

Mao also standardized the Mandarin language for everyone in China, enabling believers to spread the gospel to many people without the need to learn other languages. This policy removed a huge barrier that hadn’t previously been possible to overcome.

Mao also connected the country with a road and railway system that allowed missionaries and evangelists to travel around quickly, preaching the Word of God to everyone who would listen. The development of the transportation system permitted the gospel to spread through, and between, provinces faster than ever before.

 

3. The Presence of Miracles

As we explored the roots of the House Church revivals, we noted that the Chinese church had a serious lack of Bibles, competent teachers, Christian materials, and other resources traditionally utilized to share the Word. One thing that was not lacking, however, was God’s presence. His fingerprints can be found all over the churches in Henan and Anhui, where many people were healed and witnessed miracles.

The Chinese church had a serious lack of Bibles, competent teachers, Christian materials, and other resources. One thing that was not lacking, however, was God’s presence.

It is easy to deny rational teachings and moving speeches, or to respond cynically to a religious book, but it is much more difficult to deny the power of God in action. It is also much harder to deny a God who answers desperate prayers when every other option has been exhausted and there is no other hope. Those Chinese who were dying from disease and starvation had no one to turn to for help. The sick had no places to go for treatment. Many of them looked to Jesus as a last resort and found mercy, rest, and supernatural healing through God’s power.

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Category: Church History, Spring 2018

About the Author: Eugene Bach is a pseudonym for a member of the Chinese underground church who does not wish to be identified. He was trained in U.S. military special operations and served two tours in the Persian Gulf and Asia–Pacific region, serving primarily as a member of a rapid response team focusing on targeted threat elimination, counterterrorism, and security. He has been working with the underground church in China for about twenty years, helping them to establish forward mission bases in closed countries around the world, including Iraq and Syria. Eugene leads the Chinese mission movement called Back to Jerusalem, which provides essential support for Chinese missionaries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is the author or co-author of I Stand with Christ: The Courageous Life of a Chinese Christian (2015), The Underground Church (2014), Leaving Buddha: A Tibetan Monk's Encounter With the Living God (2019), Jesus In Iran (2015), and other books about the underground church in places like China, North Korea, and Iran.

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