This testimony from brother Edgar is powerful to listen to and humbling. Oh that we would learn from our underground Chinese brethren and go out with apostolic simplicity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Persecution and the Underground Church in China by brother Edgar (mp3 audio)
Brother Edgar shares very powerful accounts of suffering of true disciples of Jesus in the underground Church in China. In comparison in the West we fall so short of the same authentic reality of these simple believers. This message is a informational message but also a call by the Holy Spirit to us in other countries to follow Jesus Christ whole-heartily in revival.
Some excerpts from the message:
“I have nothing to say when the Holy Spirit does not give me a word to say.”
“From the outside china seems closed but we see doors open. We have to carry the cross of Christ and through this way there is never a closed door for the Gospel.”
“It is the Churches responsibility to preach the Gospel to their generation.”
“This Persecution brings purifying and that brings more anointing.”
Brother Edgar shares a sobering word on the plight and sufferings of precious brothers and sisters in the Lord in North Korea. He shares many testimonies and stories of these believers as well as religious system of Juche over the people which worships the leader of the country as a god.
The Great Suffering Of North Korean Christians (audio mp3)
A woman in her sixties knew of eight persons who were Christians who met secretly in groups of three and four to read handwritten Bible verses. A refugee reported: “Many times the authorities came to our house without warning. They always do this to people. It’s not because we’re Christian, it’s because they want to scare people and make sure they can’t cause trouble. This is their way of making sure everybody worships the North Korea leader. One time, I copied Bible verses by hand. I always prayed these would not be found because it would put my family’s lives in danger.”
“In North Korea, Christians constantly fear being discovered. There is severe punishment if they are found guilty. That’s huge because it means death! The North Korea government can’t stand Christians worshipping God since they force people to worship Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il as their gods.”
Another reported: “One day the police came to my house and searched it. They found pieces of the Bible verses I copied by hand. They shouted many times at me, and took away my husband and kids. We were all taken to a prison camp where they worked us to death. Now, I’m not sure whether my parents and kids are still enduring hard labour or are even alive in prison. I’m always praying for Christians left behind in North Korean prison camps because I know that living there is like being in hell.”
Saints, This is a sobering short article in the introduction of the soon to come Principles book that we are releasing for free distribution. Brother Edgar Reich shares this challenging message to those who would have ears to hear. The solution is simply change for the Church in the West so that we will start to bear the fruit of the Lord and be useful for His work.
Gospel Fellowships is part of that burden and we pray one small answer to the change that is needed in seeing smaller house churches that are not comprising with the truth, loving each other and their neighbours and not being in division as the body of Christ.
Here is the excerpt:
In 2 Timothy it says: “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”17 Only 3-5% of Christians witness in North America. There is no need to persecute us. The Father is in anguish. He is in tears.
The bride for His Son in the Western World is married to the world. The Bride has gone to prostitute herself with her lovers of wealth. She has gone to be with her lover of humanism. She has gone to be with her lover of secularism. She has gone to be with her lover of idols. She has forgotten her Bride groom. Her bridal gown is dirty. She has no oil in her lamp. Her spiritual power and passion are drained. What will she do when her bridegroom comes? He will spit her out of His mouth.18
There are those who yearn to be revived, to get ready for the bride groom the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the Lord, even they have been deceived in this Western World. Outsiders from other countries say we miss being obedient to Jesus in the New Testament by over 90%. There is no need to persecute us. The salt has lost its Savour. The light is barely flickering. May God use this Book for us to return to Him for He is willing to pardon us. May our churches and denominations turn around. May this book prepare you and me for global persecution. May we return to Christ likeness, responding in obedience and love to God’s Word, and to receive power from the Holy Spirit, to become bold witnesses for Him.
17 2 Timothy 3:12
18 Revelation 3:16
May we not be discouraged but by the grace of God start to be the answer to this problem as we obey the Lord in repentance and obedience.
The Reason for the book?
This volume has been developed out of a burden to see vital gatherings of God’s people (the body of Christ) established in these end times. The time of pressure and persecution that is coming world-wide (Matthew 24:9) will be such that it will demand the unity of the true body of Christ.
Some specific goals for this book being written?
1.) To assist true Bible believing churches1 to develop House Bible studies 2for personal growth and for inviting neighbors, to make disciples;
2.) To encourage true believers to leave churches that no longer teach the whole Word of God, to then join a true Bible believing church or to establish a House church to make disciples.
3.) To provide a manual of Biblical principles for House churches and Home Bible Study meetings.
4.) To unify believers who have been separated by denominational issues, within a House church or House Bible study, under the headship of Christ.
A New Movement of the body of Christ?
God is desiring to bring great glory to His Son and doing this through the body of Christ (gatherings of true believers) on the earth. The Scriptures clearly declare that the “Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations.” (Matthew 24:14). This preaching and spreading of the gospel will be done not by the ingenuity of men but by the working of the Spirit of God. God is raising many servant leaders to lead His Church in these end times. Yet they will not be men of renown or of prestige. God is raising up many obscure godly servants who share the spirit of the True Shepherd to call for the gathering of His body as the end of the age approaches.
When will the book be released and in what formats?
The volume will be released God willing in a few months. Currently we are finishing the actual writing of the book and God willing some editors are going to help edit the volume for content, theology and grammar. The book will be available in as many formats as possible to facilitate it being read. We are going to offer it freely as an online book, free pdf downloads, free mobi and other ebook formats. We will list the book also as cheaply as possible in other online ebook stores. The book will be available also for print on demand soft cover. And depending if any brothers are able to facilitate a print run we will have the book in hard cover format also. You can preview the Table of Contents of the book here: Principles For The Gathering Of Believers
How much will the book cost and profit?
The editors Brother Greg and Brother Edgar will make ZERO off any book sales. We do not want to make any profit from the sales of this book but simply want the book to get into as many hands as the Lord would allow and desire. Thus we are offering it in every format possible. When the book is offered in print format either hardcover or paperback it will be offered exactly as COST price that it took to produce the volume nothing more.
How to know when the book will exactly be released?
The best way to be alerted towards the book release is to stay tuned to this blog. Also to follow us on facebook and twitter. We will be updating those social media sites with the news when the book is available.