These are some powerful ways that God is working in the house Churches in China. May it stir us to believe firstly that God is real and a living God today. And that He desires to have a new testimony in the West of His Church that trusts Him and glorifies Jesus Christ and not men or miracles! May God do this as we all step out to gather in small gatherings under the Headship of Jesus Christ. And have renewed faith to boldly share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
1. House churches are indigenous to China.
House Churches are not affiliated or associated with any organization and certainly have no formal ties with any Christian churches outside China. When the organized churches were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, traditional forms of Christian ministry were also done away with. The dynamics of house churches, therefore, flow partly from their freedom from institutional and traditional bondage. Without an institutional and hierarchic structure the house churches rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance. Just like the Holy Spirit gave directions to the early Christians the house churches also receive direct instructions from the Holy Spirit.
2. House churches rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.
The house churches operate through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. At the time when there were few Bibles in China God had anointed a sister with a special charismatic gift of reciting Bible verses. God feeds His people with His word if they hunger for it. A sister in the house churches recounts this testimony: While the family was praying for guidance God spoke to them through interpretation of tongues and gave them a message. God told them they have a mission to warn all the Christians in the free world that they have to prepare themselves for the coming Great Tribulation. The Christians in the western countries will experience the same kind of sufferings and persecutions that the Christians in China went through.
3. The house churches abound with miracles, signs and wonders
It is said over 80% of house church christians follow Christ because a miracle verified the Gospel for them. How else can you convince atheists there is a One True God? “God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.” (Hebrews. 2:4).
“After singing praises they all knelt down and prayed in unison. Many were praying in the Spirit; some laid hands on him calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Within a few minutes Tong felt the pain in his right thigh was gone. The wound had healed instantly. He was released from the hospital without amputation. Brother Tong showed me the scar on his right thigh. He looked at me and smiled, “This is how I came to know Jesus. Praise God, HalleluYah!” He then picked up the phone and called long distance to a relative in Indonesia and witnessed to him about the Lord Jesus Christ”
4. The house churches receive God’s protection
In order to avoid detection by the Chinese Communist government water baptismal sites are often obscured, remote and hard to find.
At one time over six hundred believers in a certain locality had to be baptized. The leaders had chosen a national holiday because they figured on that day the number of Communist military men on duty would be minimal. The baptism was to be administered at night so that the movements of the believers could be kept secret. They had chosen a river deep inside a mountainous area that could only be reached by walking through a ravine. There was only one way in and a one way out. Thank the Lord Jesus Christ over six hundred believers were baptized into Him without a hitch in the river that night. It was still dark when the believers started walking out of the baptismal site. When they almost came to the opening of the ravine the dawn was beginning to break. They saw something that perplexed them.
There were many guns strewn all over the place, but no one was there. Everybody praised the Lord that the baptism was carried out successfully.
On the following day a house church brother overheard the conversation between two soldiers in the marketplace.
One soldier was saying to the other: “It was weird yesterday. We received information that many
Christians were inside the ravine. We were setting an ambush for them. Suddenly an army of giants appeared.
They had shiny white uniforms. We did not shoot them because the gunshots would let the Christians know we were there. The giants were big and strong and they were coming straight at us with their drawn swords. Every one of us got so scared that we left our weapons and ran for our dear lives. . . .” God protects His Church.