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 An Underground House Church Movement in America During Persecution?

With over 30,000 denominations why is there a need for a house church movement? Why house churches? Sadly the answer might shock many believers but in the New Testament and during the times of the Apostles they did not build Church buildings but had there belief that the “people themselves” were the Church. Such a belief was unstoppable by the prevailing persecution that attempted to crush this small apostolic church. We can learn much from current moves of God’s Spirit in countries where there is persecution. Sadly in North America there is a more devious persecution in our midst, that of tolerance and comfort.

The world is accepting of Christianity as long as it does not stand for righteousness or preach the Gospel in a way that condemns or shows other religions as wrong or demonic. The comforts of North American society also has lulled the Church into this apathetic tolerance of the world. But the Scriptures clearly declare (1 John 2:15-17):

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

There is a great need for a radical house church movement that does not focus on money, possessions, buildings or anything temporal but rather has its goal in being true disciples of Jesus Christ, living in godliness and being full of the love of God to share the Gospel of God’s Son with this lost and dying generation. The focus on these house churches is not on one leader but rather through discipleship a multitude of lay leaders can be mobilized to be effective for the Lord Jesus Christ.

We can learn much from the underground house church movement in China, this is taken from the Principles Book:

“The underground Church in China has flourished and grown under the continual guidance and dynamic leading of the Holy Spirit of God. May God birth a similar movement all over the world apart from any specific denomination or Church. May God raise up the body of Christ to all be active, unified and growing in the Good News of our risen Lord. In China there is an urgency to share the Good News with others. The thinking is simply that they have received such a wonderful Gospel and how could they keep silent and not share it with others.

You can almost hear the believers saying: “Hurry Up! Hurry Up! Let’s share this Good News with everyone!” It is not surprising therefore that God birthed in the hearts of these simple chinese rural famers a strategy to share the Gospel to every closed country on their way to Jerusalem, such a movement was called “Back to Jerusalem” and many young Chinese believers went out 100% without provision or money but trusting the Lord to share the Good News with others. We have much to learn from this example of the urgency to share this Good News given to us in God’s Son. The Holy Spirit is reminding us to learn from the Chinese Church and for each one of us to start witnessing.”


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