WILL CHINA STOP THE GROWTH OF CHRISTIANITY?
In China, not only have they stopped the sale of Bibles and the download of the Bible, they have forced the closing of Zion’s House Church. Apparently the Chinese government believes they can control the spread of the word of God with these actions. They are mistaken.
GOD PRESERVES AND KEEPS HIS WORD
From the scriptures, I have concluded that those who believe they can stop the spread of the written or Living Word are disillusioned.
(Jesus said) Matthew 24:35 The heaven and the earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.
Your word, YHWH, is everlasting; it is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth below; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its people will die like gnats. But My salvation will last forever, and My righteousness will never fail.
My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.
For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
At least three times Jesus said:
Matthew 24:35 The heaven and the earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away
HISTORY SHOWS THAT PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS RESULTS IN DEEPER FAITH AND COMMITMENT
Consider the following:
The Timothy Initiative when “Many people were added to the church as a result of that particular persecution.”
The Church in Iran In 2017, Operation World reported that the number of Christians in Iran saw a 19.6% rise in 2016 alone.
Persecution and Church Growth teaches “But the Bible, especially in the book of Acts, is clear that church growth will likely bring persecution.”
The early church is the best example we have of the church growing in spite of persecution. We are here today in spite of the persecution of the early Christians who describe the following situation:
Acts 5:28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name (Jesus),” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us responsible for this man’s blood.” 29But Peter and the other apostles replied,“We must obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging Him on a tree.…
PRAY FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHINA
Colossians 1:3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified youe to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13e has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.