persecution

The Trouble with Missionary Movements [updated]

Carracci Annibale - The Stoning of St Stephen 1603-04

Carracci Annibale - The Stoning of St Stephen 1603-04

Acts has no purpose, no plot, no structure, and no history without suffering.

Paul House

Following disturbing reports out of China and from around the world of rising persecution against Christians, it’s time to republish this post from 2010.

Ten years ago I was in Singapore having just left a restricted field somewhere in Asia. I had sought out a couple of guys named “Smith” with a lot of experience in church planting movements to help me make sense of what I was learning.

I will not forget this comment:

We've never seen a church planting movement without persecution.

Suffering and persecution go hand in hand with movements that multiply disciples and churches.

They are the unifying theme of the book of Acts. Without them the command to take the gospel to the ends of the world would never have been fulfilled.

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50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus

Image: Open Doors USA

Image: Open Doors USA

A report on the 50 most dangerous nations in which to be a Christian in 2019.

Christian persecution has worsened in the most populous countries in the world, China and India, putting millions more believers at risk for their faith.

The two Asian nations moved up on Open Doors’s annual ranking of the 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian. India entered the World Watch List’s top 10 for the first time, due to a growing Hindu nationalist threat stirring anti-Christian sentiments. Meanwhile China, where the Communist government continues closing major congregations and detaining Christian leaders, climbed from No. 43rd to No. 27 on the list.

Researchers calculate that 1 in 3 Asian Christians now experience high levels of persecution for their faith.

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Engineers of the (Chinese) Soul

Xi Jinping, CPC Central Committee General Secretary

Xi Jinping, CPC Central Committee General Secretary

The production of souls is more important than the production of tanks.... And therefore I raise my glass to you, writers, the engineers of the human soul.

Joseph Stalin

There’s an ideology and strategy behind increased persecution of Christians in China. Unfortunately it’s the new reality under Xi Jinping.

John Garnaut explains.

This is the most important and disturbing article I’ve read on China in a long time, but let’s not forget that as the nations conspire and plot against the Lord and his people, the One enthroned in heaven laughs (Ps 2:1-4).