This is an excerpt from the Back To Jerusalem Book by brother Paul. It is a powerful challenging book for us in the West. May God stir you to consider reading it. The following is a testimony by brother Peter Xu a underground House Church leader:
When believers are united around a common goal, we can head there together, putting aside our petty differences. When we lose sight of our common vision, we stop looking forward and begin to look at each other. Soon we see each others weaknesses and faults, and instead of fighting for the kingdom of God we start fighting each other.
Its quite simple to tell a strong church from a weak one. A strong church is one that is a spiritual baby-making center. Souls are being saved and discipled around the clock and the church is a hive of acitivity. There is no time for believers to sit around and argue with each other. There are too busy just trying to clean up the mess these newborn babies make while simultaneously trying to prepare more bottles of milk to keep them fed! As the father of 2 small children, I well know what struggle this can be!
Some churches are full of people who think it is their calling to keep other people in line so that they dont get polluted by the world. This may sound like spiritual activity, and the people who make the most noise about it may look pious, but if their words produced no spiritual life, it is all a waste of time. It is far better for us to concentrate on preaching the gospel and let God police his church.
Sometimes foreign Christians visit the house churches in China and make comments like, The church in China is extraordinary.
This is not true.
Normal Christianity for a believer is surely when we live according to the pattern of the church laid out in the word of God. The church in the Book of Acts did not have remarkable experiences and success, they had what should be normal lives and experiences for any church that claims to have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus! They were the standard for us to follow. Much of the church in the world today, including in China, is abnormal and unbiblical. May we all fall to our knees and seek the Lords help to live out what he accepts as normal Christianity!
I have come to understand that it is completely impossible for even a single lost person in the world to become a Chrsitian unless a great miracle takes place. Lost human souls are firmly chained prisoners of Satan and his demonic forces. They cannot be argued into the kingdom of God because their problem is not an intellectural one. Nor is there any point in trying to change their outward behavior if they do not have the inward spiritual life that only Jesus can give. The Bible clearly says that every person outside of Christ is spiritually dead, and a battle needs to be waged for his or her soul. People living outside the grace of Jesus Christ are trapped by the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will (2 Tim. 2:26).
The demonic forces that hold souls captive are far more powerful than we are, in our own strength. There is not the slightest possibility that we can lead anyone to the foot the cross unless Jesus himself becomes involved. Only his power can save a sinner. The good news is that we can be completely sure that Jesus will help us to reach the lost for him, for the word of God says, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
God will move in the great power to retrieve plunder from the fierece (Isaiah 49:24) because each person who puts their faith and trust in Jesus brings glory and honor to Gods holy name and magnifies the wonderful victory Jesus pruchased for mankind by his death on the cross. It is only when Jesus gets involved with our lives and ministry that we will start to see others come to know him. Jesus asked, How can anyone enter a strong mans house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house (Matthew 12:29). It is only when we learn to walk hand in hand with our Heavenly Father that the strongman who dominates the lives of people and whole nations will be bound.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon