Sunday, September 16, 2007

"Western Top-Down, Institutional Church" vs. "Underground Church in China"

"We felt so sorry for the church we left behind. They had no one to teach them, no printing presses, no seminaries, no one to run their clinics and orphanages. No resources, really, except the Holy Spirit...It appears the Holy Spirit is doing just fine."
-A missionary years after being expelled from China in 1950.

Fact: Christianity is the fastest growing religion in China.

An institution is a mechanical structure, it seeks to sustain. Any extension of the institution will tend to be dependent and not take responsibility. Communist China has forced the Church to remain true to itself.

Thoughts sparked while reading The Forgotten Ways: Alan Hirsch

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