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A Christian Leader Shares Four Church Revivals in Modern China

A Chinese Christian leader believes that the church in modern China has experienced a total of four revivals.

First, rural rejuvenation occurred during the period of the Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution laid the foundations for the renewal of the Church in China.

An old man surnamed An is 94 years old this year and lives in Guizhou/ Before the pandemic, he traveled around the world to spread the gospel on his own. He was once a prince of the Yi ethnic group and his family loaned land to British missionary Samuel Pollard to preach the gospel in Shimenkan, Guizhou Province. When he was studying at Peking University, one of the church elders was very fond of him – that is, Wang Mingdao. An had a good relationship with Wang and refused to falsely accuse him of the government’s demands. For this reason, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for God. When the pastor sympathized with his suffering in prison, he said, “It’s not suffering at all, but God locked me up in a safe for 25 years. During the Cultural Revolution, the safest place was prison. probably killed sooner or later if I hadn’t been in jail. God locked me in this prison vault. There is no safer place than this.

He added, “Right after the Cultural Revolution, all of China fell into a vacuum of faith.” Since 1957, almost every idol in the country had been destroyed by various campaigns such as the rejection of the Four Olds. Later, Chairman Mao also died. Since then, the Chinese people have entered into a vacuum of faith. There are no Taoist monks, nuns or priests. Almost overnight there were more preachers, pastors and elders, all of whom had been released from prison to lead the first great revival of the Chinese church in modern times.

After the revival in the countryside, the fire spread overseas. It started in 1981 or 1982 when many people chose to do business and got rich so they could send their children to study abroad. About 15% of them became Christians. Although the revival took place overseas, it was actually the revival of Chinese Christians.

Then the group of people who studied abroad returned to China and established many churches in different cities. This was the case in all major cities. There was a revival of Christianity in the workplace and many churches were being established within companies.

Now comes the fourth revival, called the “synagogue-style” revival. When the Jews were cast out, they learned three things: they stopped idolatry, learned to do business, and founded synagogues. Where there are more than ten Jews, there must be a synagogue. What we now call a small group actually resembles the synagogue of the Jews.

In such a hostile environment where house churches are forced to become more dispersed and underground, the pastor warned that we must first guard against narrow nationalism. In the face of narrow nationalism, there is no good or bad. Jonah is a narrow nationalist in the Bible.

The second thing to watch out for is “Stockholm syndrome”. It is typical in the Bible that the people of Israel in the desert did not hate Egypt, but loved it.

Third, we must beware of the herd effect or “blind obedience.” “Beware of blindly following the crowd without independent thought. It is easy to be instigated and brainwashed. Israelis in the desert like to watch the excitement is actually a reflection of blind obedience,” did he declare.

陈弟兄分享的近代中国教会的四次复兴

A Christian Leader Shares Four Church Revivals in Modern China