As a follow up to some of the discussion from my earlier post, I wanted to insert this article into the thinking process. This is about the house churches in China. They don’t belong to a denomination. They are trying to associate together according to this article to help gain greater freedom to worship. I have read a lot about the Church in China from Voice of the Martyrs, and some excellent books especially The Heavenly Man. There are hundreds of churches in China that worship Christ as Savior and Lord. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion by Brother Yun’s testimony in The Heavenly Man. When you read about the experiences of the believers there it sounds like something right out of the book of Acts. God does miraculous things and people are convicted and converted. The book tells the story of the deliverance of God for Brother Yun from a Chinese maximum security prison that just reminded me vividly of Peter’s story in Acts. It was so amazing to me to know that God still moves and works the way He always has and will. My sister had the opportunity to meet Brother Yun last year and I have a picture of her with him. When she was talking to him he shared that it was a very special day for him. Turns out that it was the 10th anniversary of the day he walked out of the prison.
I say all of that to say this. God is bigger that our box, our building or our beliefs. And His Church is far bigger than our attempts to limit it to any one denomination. These believers in China are my brothers and sisters in Christ. They are most certainly part of His Church. Christ died for them and they follow Him at a much greater cost than I can fathom. They know what it means to pick up their cross daily and follow Him. In America we think we have been persecuted when someone doesn’t say “Merry Christmas” or something. I think we can learn a lot from their example. Being the Church is much more basic that how we take communion or how we get baptized or what building we worship in on whatever day we worship. It is about belonging to Christ before it is about belonging to anything else.